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Kidnapping, Banditry: Ondo Govt moves to ban Scavengers, tasks monarchs

By: Ade Adeleke

The Ondo State Government is planning policy that will lead to the banning of scavengers’ activities who have been hiding under their operations to terrorize residents, steal and vandalize people’s properties in the state.

Similarly, Operatives of Amotekun Security network in Ondo State, have apprehended sixteen suspected kidnappers and bandits at various black spots in northern part of the state.

Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, who is the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Security matters, disclosed the plan to ban the scavengers when he paraded thirty-six suspected criminals at the Amotekun headquarters in Akure.

Akogun Adeleye who double as the Amotekun State Commander, frowned at how some scavengers operate in the state to carry out nefarious activities including the recent kidnapping of a small girl inside a sack by one of the scavengers in Akure.

On the arrested 16 suspected kidnappers, the Amotekun Commander appealed to traditional rulers, community leaders and rural dwellers to always give security operatives timely information that would lead to the arrest of criminal elements infuriating the state through the northern part of Ondo State.

Akogun Adeleye, vowed that no matter how hard, the local Security network would continue to unconventional means to stop perpetuation of crimes from the nooks and cranny of the state.

He said; “they are already a problem because few days ago, we paraded one man that actually kidnapped 8year old girl, put in a sack bag and this is what has been happening all over the state.”

Recall that the State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun, recently arrested a scavenger for allegedly kidnapping an eight-year-old girl in Akure, the state capital.

The suspect allegedly hit the victim with a charm and put her in a sack but was arrested by the residents of the area while trying to escape.

Adetunji Adeleye, the Amotekun Corps Commander, who frowned at how these scavengers operate in the state while parading about 36 suspects for allegedly involvement in various offences said; “they are already a problem because few days ago, we paraded one man that actually kidnapped 8year old girl, put in a sack bag and this is what has been happening all over the state.”

Adeleye, also said; “today again, we are parading about 36 suspects. I want to place it on record that in the last one month, there were three kidnapped activities that we were able to filed successfully. Which means in the last one month, there has been no successful kidnapping activities in the state.

“Today, a cross section of these criminals are a little bit different from what we normally have where we parade 20 people and 15 of them are kidnap suspects. Today, more we have is house breaking and stealing, we remain resolute in our determination to flush them out of our society.

“Across the board, we were able to filed, the connection of some people that are suspected to be kidnappers and robbers that we were able to found due to our intelligence report and we picked about 17 of them in a particular area in the state where we monitored.

“The cross section of the 19 suspected kidnappers were picked from the Northern Senatorial District of the state.

“We equally have a suspected murderer, we have about 8 cases of house breaking and shops breaking. But I must say that with the cooperation of other state security agencies we have been able to reduce the criminals activities in the state.

“The cross section of these 36 suspects shows that their activities have dropped drastically in the state. We will still continue to ensure that people do their businesses normally and that they are not disturbed now that the state government resolute in guarantee lives and property we are also determined to ensure that.

“However, we want to appeal to our traditional rulers, the Olus, that once they see the connection of unknown people in the forest they should alert us immediately. I want to encourage the general public that once they see strange movement they should let the security agencies know.”

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