The Ondo State branch of the newly formed Amotekun security outfit has announced the arrest of 16 suspected criminals since the commencement of its operations on August 11.
This was made known by the Commander of Amotekun Corps, Ondo State, Olatunji Adeleye on Monday. He said that those arrested have since been handed over to the Police for onward prosecution.
Adeleye said the outfit had been using “native intelligence” to fight and clampdown on suspected criminals in the state.
He said, “When we started in Ondo State, we firstly seized a number of cows and also made an arrest of some herders invading and destroying farmlands. At least, we have made over 16 arrests relating to criminal cases in the state since we began operation but you know our work is always in collaboration with the police.”
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State in the Amotekun outfit.
“In fact, there was a kidnap case in Ikun Akoko where Amotekun actually helped.with intelligence by leading the police to the scene of the crime. When we arrest these people, we always hand them over to the police for proper prosecution.”
“Amotekun was created to protect people of the South-West and fight crime through native intelligence.”
Amotekun was inaugurated on August 11, 2020 by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to defend Ondo and the South-West region against rising insecurity.