…Arrests 149 suspected criminals with guns hidden in trucks
By Abiodun OBA
Operatives of the Ondo state security outfit codenamed Amotekun, have continued to live to their bidding as they arrested 149 suspected criminals with weapons hidden inside a truck.
Chief Adetunji Adeleye, the state commander of Amotekun, while parading the suspects in Akure, said that many of the suspects have been profiled while others are still being questioned.
Adeleye pointed out that the suspects were arrested from different black spots across the state.
According to him, the suspects were inside trucks when they were arrested from three local government areas of the state.
“The arrest was made from the various parts of the country in trucks across three local government areas of the state.
“A couple of weeks ago, we started having very heavy influx of strange people within our forest reserve areas and within the Ondo State territory.
“Majority of these people who claimed that they were coming into the state as hunters, were arrested around the black spots where we have robbery operations and kidnapping in the local governments where they were nabbed.
“They surprisingly and carefully concealed and kept their weapons, bags of Indian hemps and cutlasses under their vehicles and they claimed that they are coming from the various parts of the country.
“The pertinent questions we are asking them, is “why are they hiding their guns”?
“If they are genuine hunters, why not come out openly, but one begins to wonder why they would come from the extreme parts of the country to hunt in a village, in a forest they have never been to before in Ondo state?
“No doubt, as Nigerians, they have the right to go to anywhere in the country, but they do not have the right to go with weapons.
“As hunters, we had expected that they would have made consultations to find out their limitations.
“In Ondo State Forestry reserves, the government is very clear, that if you are a hunter and want to go into the forest, you have to register, so that government, the kings and the hunters will know that you are there.
“However, “We want to appeal to commuters, that if you have any reason to do your legitimate business in Ondo State, please consult the relevant agencies and to our Baales, the Kabiyesis and the good people of the State, we can no longer tolerate this kind of people without mission, entering our forest areas.
“We have very strong reasons to believe that they are the people that turn at night to kidnappers, armed robbers and commit various crimes, especially in the bad portions of the roads and in the forest reserves of the State.
“When we finish investigation, we will send them to relevant government agencies for detailed profiling and those that would be sent back to their states will be sent back, but those we find guilty of criminal intentions will be tried in the court of competent jurisdiction.