By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
Men of Osun State Amotekun Corps have apprehended a 24-year-old man, Abiodun Timileyin, for allegedly stealing electric transformer cables in Iwaro community in Ilesa.
Confirming the arrest, the Amotekun Commander in the state, Brig-Gen Bashir Adewinmbi, in a statement made available to newsmen said the suspect was caught in the act and arrested on Tuesday.
“According to him, a young man simply identified as Abiodun Timileyin, aged 24, was caught in the act by operatives of Amotekun Corps, while stealing the electric cables.
He disclosed the cable thief was spotted by residents, stealing feeder pillar cables inside a transformer and they alerted Amotekun operatives who apprehended him on the spot.
The Amotekun boss hinted that residents in the area alerted his men at Ilesa Area Command, who swung into action and arrested the suspect in the act.
During interrogation, the suspect confessed to the act and he had been handed over to the officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), with exhibits, for further investigation and prosecution.”
Adewinmbi also confirmed the arrest of two suspected motorcycle thieves who were nabbed by local hunters in Aisu area of Ede, on Thursday and handed over to the Amotekun Corps.
The corps commander disclosed that the suspects gave a commercial motorcyclist beef jerky, popularly known as kilishi, laced with sedative drug to eat and upon falling asleep, they made away with his motorcycle.
However, luck ran out on the suspects as local hunters who recognised the motorcycle, stopped them and asked about the whereabout of its owner.
Adewinmbi commended the local hunters for arresting the suspects, whom he said specialised in stealing motorcycles in Ede town.
He called on commercial motorcyclists and residents to always be careful of strangers offering gifts or food to them.