Ondo State Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corps has raised the alarm over the upsurge in kidnapping in the state following the heavy presence of security personnel in Ekiti State.
The state commander of Amotekun Corps, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, who warned that the state can never be a haven for criminals, paraded 43 suspected kidnappers arrested in the state within a week.
Addressing journalists during the parade, Adeleye informed that the corps had 43 suspected criminals picked from their various operations across the 18 local government areas of the state.
He said, “The astonishing thing about our parade today is the sudden upsurge in the suspects that we have on kidnapping.
“About half of the 43 are suspected kidnappers that we have reasonable reasons to question.
“We have over 50, but those that we have reason to question why they were where they were, and what we found on them around the things of kidnap across the state, are these 20 you are seeing today.
“I want to trace this to the heavy presence of security personnel in Ekiti and I want to believe that they are being driven to Ondo State, but we want to tell you that Ondo State can never be a haven for criminals.”
“We have risen to the challenge and all of them that we have picked in kidnap scenes, during kidnap, and during attempts to kidnap with credible victims around to identify some of them, are the ones we are parading today,” he said.
While saying some of the suspects were arrested with local arms and ammunition, Adeleye said the suspects were not able to justify what they wanted to do with the arms and ammunition.
His words: “This week, we have a sharp decline in the number of housebreaking because we have commenced working, especially on Sundays, when people have gone to church and during working hours when people are at work.’’