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Amotekun arrests 45 suspects, begins ’24-hour’ patrol

By Friday Omosola

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, known as Amotekun, has arrested 45 suspected criminals for various offences in the state.

The Amotekun Corps Commander, Adetunji Adeleye, on Wednesday in Akure, while parading the suspects, said the corps had begun a 24-hour patrol in the state to ensure the safety of lives and properties of residents.

Mr Adeleye said the Ondo highways were now safe from the hands of criminal elements.

He noted that the paraded criminals ranged from kidnappers, armed robbers, and rapists among others.

“As we speak now, we have put measures in place to ensure that our roads are safe from the hands of criminals, our patrol vehicles are moving round for 24 hours.

“We want to reassure the good people of Ondo State to go about their normal duties. Again, the enforcement of the ban on the use of ‘Okada’ at night was also one of the major things responsible for the downward trend of criminal activities in the state generally.

“Today is another major harvest of criminals operating within the Ondo State; a couple of weeks ago, we deployed additional hands to all the 18 local government areas to assist in beefing up the security architecture and it has yielded a lot of results.

“Within the last two weeks, we have 45 criminals that we have concluded their investigations and they are ready to go for prosecution,” he said.

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The Amotekun Commander said there was a case of Okoye Chukwuma, who specialised in burgling cocoa stores and one Philip Jacob, who specialised in vandalising vehicles parked in mechanic workshops overnight.

He disclosed that in Ore, a family was kidnapped and his men moved there immediately and were able to arrest the kidnappers and released the victims.

“We also have those that are regular in housebreaking at midnight, they have the ways of opening doors and silently entering to molest innocent people and dispossess them of their valuables.

“The trend of crimes in Ondo state is now seriously coming down, as far as we are concerned.

“We are impressed by the safety of lives and property of citizens in the state.

“If you look at the Akure Metropolis, all major junctions are manned by the security operatives and we are trying more to patrol within all 18 local governments.

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