Amotekun arrests 168 suspected S’West invaders

By Friday Omosola, Akure

Men of the Ondo State Wing of the South West Regional Security Network Agency condemned Amotekun, have arrested another 168 suspected invaders who were hiding themselves and over 40 motorcycles under cows loaded in two trucks. The invaders were arrested in the Sango area, along Akure-Ado Expressway with dangerous items hidden inside bags of rice, The Trumpet gathered.

Amotekun recently arrested 151 suspected invaders with charms who cleverly hid under bags of rice, around Sango, Akure/Ado Road.

Parading the suspects at its headquarters, Alagbaka, Akure, Commander of Ondo Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, said the 168 suspected invaders were intercepted by men of the corps who were on stop and search operation around Itaogbolu and Iju Communities in Akure North Local Government Area.

Adeleye disclosed that the suspects were from Kano and Jigawa States and had no obvious mission in Ondo. He said some of the suspected invaders’ profiling earlier showed that a majority of them did not have any answer on where they came from. He stressed that the corps found out that the influx of invaders is continuing.

The commander disclosed that if there is nobody to take custody of them in Ondo, they (the suspects) would be sent back to their various states after investigation and profiling show nothing incriminating on them.

His words: “On Sunday, our stop and search team saw these two trucks. They told them that they were on their way to Ondo State with cows after careful examination, we found out that they carefully concealed about 40 motorcycles with 168 people lying down beneath the motorcycles.

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“The upper floor has cows, the middle has motorcycles wrapped and dismantled and on the lower floor, we have 168 people lying down, such that if you are not careful, you won’t observe it.”

He stressed that after interrogation on where they were going, why they packed themselves and why they were avoiding people, they said they were coming to Ondo State.

He said: “Upon interrogation none of them have an address of where they are going, nobody invited them and we are becoming curious about these invasions. I called it invasion because you see over 100 able-bodied men concealing themselves under animals, it shows they are up to negative motives.

“We have commenced profiling but we want to warn citizens of the state to be wary of strangers because nobody knows how many invaders had managed to enter the state. We saw these ones with charms which we are yet to ascertain what their mission is.”

Adeleye said the motorcycle owners confessed that none of the bikes had papers but photocopies.

“You can see one engine number in 30 motorcycles which clearly shows that they were forged documents. We will find out how they got the motorcycles and their mission in the state. If they don’t have any credible thing to do in the state, we will send them back,” he added.

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