By Tola Gbadamosi
The Ondo State Security Network, Amotekun said it arrested about 150 suspects on various crimes ranging from kidnappings and armed robbery in January 2021.
The Corps Commander, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, who confirmed this while parading the suspects said out of the 150 arrested, 32 are still in their custody.
Meanwhile, the agency has vowed to unravel the claim of the 35-year-old suspected serial ritualist, Timothy Odeniyi found with human parts that he got the parts from the grave.
Akogun Adeleye said the command will further Investigate the claim of the Driver Odeniyi who claimed to have gotten the human parts from the graveyard.
Investigation by Amotekun indicated that the parts where taken from a shallow grave. The Agency believed the man killed the victim as against his claim that he went to the burial ground to cut the parts.
Speaking with The Hope Metro, the suspect said, “I went to the burial ground to cut the legs and hands of one of the corpses buried there.
“Before I was caught, I had planned to take the human parts to the person that sent me in Lagos. He promised to pay me N30 million once I deliver the items.
“I only went to the burial ground in Sabo area of Ondo town to cut the parts, I didn’t kill anybody and this is my first time. I used to be a trailer driver
“The person that sent me used to be my boss when I used to drive truck. I used to dump it in a waste bin and he will send those who will pick it.”
However, Adeleye who dismissed the claim of the suspect, said that he killed someone before severing the parts after which he buried the victim in a shallow grave.
Adeleye said, “We want to intimate the public on the need to be very careful of late traveling. The trend is shifting gradually from daily kidnappings to ritual killings.
” The public should be generally careful about the craze to make money by this young men.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect, Odeniyi took us to where he severed the body of the person killed and hurriedly buried the person in a shallow grave.
“He was arrested in Ondo town and committed the crime on January 30, 2022.
Adeleye added, “underage herders as well as criminals who disguised as scavengers were also arrested in various parts of the state.
“Some of them are suspected kidnappers, armed robbers and some of them are involved in the vandalisation of 132 KVA power lines under construction.
“Some of them are ex-convicts that ran away from prison cells, some of them jumped bail and were rearrested.
” Some of them pretended as if they are scavengers but we found weapons, guns, locally made pistols in their trolley.
“The teenagers among the suspects were caught contravening the underage anti-open grazing law.
” They were found to be grazing with about 300 cows. Their ages range between 10 to 11. We are still waiting for their parents to come and face the music.
He said ”some of them will be handed over to the police for further investigation, especially the homicide issue and after discreet investigation, the remaining ones will be taken to court for prosecution.”