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Ondo Amotekun arrests 23 suspected kidnappers, 3 jailbirds, others

Akure—Twenty-three suspected kidnappers and 44 other suspected criminals, terrorising the people of Ondo State, have been arrested by the state security outfit codenamed Amotekun.

Three jailbirds, Taiwo Adeola, Juwon Olanrewaju and Olajide Olayemi, were among the suspected kidnappers nabbed by the security outfit.

Parading the suspects in Akure, the state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said 67 suspects were arrested during their operations across the state within the last two weeks.

Adeleye said: “The 67 criminals were arrested within the last two weeks of rounding up of operation ember months programmes that we embarked on.

“A good number of them were suspected kidnappers while others were identified by their victims.

“Some of them were arrested with different types of weapon, some of them housebreaking tools, some suspected robbers and murderers.

“Out of these 67, we have three that could be regarded as jailbirds. “One of them escaped from Benin, according to him, where he was answering charges bordering on kidnapping and robbery.

“Another one, who claimed to be running away from fellow kidnappers because he was not joining them again, we were able to arrest him in what he termed his last operation in kidnapping, before we arrested him.

“He told us he is a member of a seven team kidnap group terrorising Uso/eEmure/Owo axis. These are cross sections of criminals troubling the peace of the state.

“The major reason for parading them is to send the signal to criminals that Ondo State cannot tolerate them and the government is resolute in ensuring that the peace and stability of the state is not disturbed by them.”

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