Ondo Amotekun arrests 1,000 Suspects, foils 36 Kidnap Cases in 16 Months
The Ondo State Security Agency Network Codenamed Amotekun Corps said it has attended to 2,633 cases between May 2020 and September 2021.
The state Commander of the Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye made this known while speaking with newsmen in Akure, the state capital.
According to Adeleye, the Corps has arrested 1,000 suspects, waded into 515 herders/farmers clashes, foiled 35 kidnap cases and arrested kidnappers, two sets of illegal Gold miners, while it has handled 55 court cases.
He added that the Corps has also impounded 26 cars and over 1000 Okadas, totalling 2,633 cases from May 2020 to September 2021.
Adeleye said “ ‘Operation Amotekun’ is the codename for the security initiative of the South West Governors under the leadership of governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to address the wanton killings, kidnappings, armed robbery and other forms of crime in the state and the Southwest region.
He noted that, in January 2019, a security Summit was held where security stakeholders converged to brainstorm on how to evolve a lasting solution to the incessant kidnappings, herders and farmers clashes, violent crimes, drug abuse, cultism and ritual killings ravaging the South West.
The Corps Commander explained that “We want to ensure that all persons travelling along the highways, major roads, remote areas, hinterland, forests, inland, waterways, and sea are free to carry out their normal social and economic activities without fear or hindrance.
“Also to ensure that the Corps assists the Police and other security agencies to carry out lawful activities aimed at maintaining law and order in the state,” he said.
Adeleye said one of the challenges facing the Corps was legal backing to allow the Agency carry modern weapons battle with criminals
He added that the Corps need to secure large expanse of land for training camp or barracks for the Agency.
He also advocated an improved subvention for the Corps to address officers’ welfare/training, maintenance of 24 hours surveillance and acquisition of hardware for officers.