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Amotekun arrests 29 suspected criminals in Ondo

The Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun has arrested 29 suspected criminals in Ondo State in the past week.

Mr Adetunji Adeleye, the state Commander of the corps made this known while parading the suspects before newsmen on Monday in Akure.

Adeleye said that the suspects were arrested for various alleged offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, unlawful possession of firearms, and theft, among others.

The corps commander said that an ex-convict, who was released from the correctional centre on January 1 was among those arrested by his men.

He said that the ex-convict was arrested on January 4 for the same offence of burglary that led to his imprisonment.

“In the last one week, we were able to arrest 29 suspects involved in different forms of security breaches from kidnapping, armed robbery, housebreaking, shoplifting, stealing of motorcycles, among others.

“One issue of note is that in all of such instances, we always have a recycled criminal.

“Like in this case, there is a particular suspect that left the correctional centre on January 1 and on January 4, in less than one week, he committed the crime of burglary again.

“The ex-convict claimed to be a drug dealer who also engaged in robbery activities. We equally have about four suspects who violated the anti-grazing law of the state.

“In the same way, those that were involved in illegal possession of firearms and have been on our watchlist in the last five months were arrested with guns, locally made pistols, with which they perpetrate evil,” he said

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Adeleye commended personnel of the corps and other security agencies that have been diligent in ensuring the safety of lives and properties throughout the end-of-year festivities.

He said that during the period, no bank robbery was recorded and neither was there any major robbery incident in the state.

The commander said that the suspects would be prosecuted upon the completion of investigations by the corps.

Adeleye advised criminal elements in the state to turn a new leaf this year and give up crime or face the full weight of the law when caught. 

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