By Tola Gbadamosi & Adekola Afolabi
Operation Clean Up, set up by the Ondo State Security Network, tagged Amotekun, has apprehended 30 suspected kidnappers and criminals across the state forests.
The suspects were fished out from their hideouts in the forests after the Amotekun men combed the areas believed to be the havens for criminals.
This was disclosed by the state Amotekun Commander, Mr Olatunji Adeleye at the agency’s headquarters in Akure, insisting that Operation Clean Up is yielding positive results.
The Amotekun boss stated that Operation CleanUp was launched to rid the state’s forests off kidnappers and criminals particularly as we approach Christmas and New year festivities.
He said anyone found wanting will be handed over to the appropriate security agencies for further investigation.
Also, during another arrests, he said 19 cows and one herdsman destroying farmlands in Uso, Akure North Local Government area of Ondo state.
It was disclosed the agency received a distress call from some farmers whose farms were destroyed.
His words: “Some farmers from Osi community in Akure ran to our office complaining that their farms had been destroyed by herdsmen. We sent our men there to assess the situation. They found out that the herders were actually on the farm.
But unfortunately, on getting there, they attacked our men with knives and other dangerous weapons. But we were able to arrest one of them together with their cows and brought them to our headquarters in Alagbaka. The herdsman is names Abdulkadir Mohammed.”
Adeleye also disclosed that two suspected cattle rustlers were arrested by his men while a NISSAN Serena marked LAGOS FJ 423 KRD, brought by the suspected rustlers to steal cows belonging to one Alhaji Ilyasu was impounded.
He said, “One Alhaji Ilyasu, a Fulani man came to us that some people came with a Serena Bus to steal his cattle. They came to us and we sent our men out. We were able to recover the vehicle they wanted to use in stealing the cows, we also recovered the cows.
“We have been on the trail of these men in the last 10 days. As one of them was caught in Ijebu-Ode yesterdays, he added.
Meanwhile the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called on the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to work with the State Security Network Agency, Amotekun to end farmers and herders clashes.
The Governor who made the call yesterday in his office during a courtesy visit by the Zonal Commander of the NSCDC in charge of Zone- J, Fasiu Adeyinka, enjoined the Corps to assist Amotekun in arresting and prosecuting herders destroying farmlands across the state.
The newly established Zone -J comprising Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States was set up for administrative convenience and easy coordination of activities of state commands following the prevailing security situation of the country.
The Governor stressed that the NSCDC should form a synergy with the Amotekun Corps so as to handover suspects arrested during their operations since it has the power to prosecute.
Earlier in his address, the Zonal Commandant, Fasiu Adeyinka, commended Governor Akeredolu for his sterling performances in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic and the management of the #ENDSARS protests.
Adeyinka emphasised that since his deployment to the Zone, the Corps has performed tremendously in the area of its core mandate which include; Anti-Human Trafficking and Gender Unit, Intelligence gathering, Agro Rangers, as well as Collaboration with other security agencies in tackling vandals of critical national assets in the state.
Adeyinka, a former commandant of the Corps in Ondo state reiterated the commitment of NSCDC to continually secure