The Amotekun in the Ondo State Security Agency Network has said it had arrested suspects in connection with the kidnapping and murder of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi.
Last week Thursday, Oba Adeusi was shot dead by gunmen at Elegbeka on the Akure-Owo-Benin Expressway in the Ose Local Government Area of the state.
It was reported that the monarch was returning from Akure, where he attended a meeting, and ran into the bandits.
The State Commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, on Wednesday, announced the arrest of the suspects while speaking to journalists in Akure but did not revealed the identities and number of the suspects.
He said the suspects were arrested by the men of the group, who groomed the forest after the incident.
He revealed that three kidnap victims were also rescued during the operation.
Adeleye said, “We combed the forest in Elegbeka and we are able to arrest some suspects and they are undergoing interrogation. We rescued three victims from the Elegbeka forest on the same night that the traditional ruler of Ifon was killed.
“On the recent kidnap in the state, our men, in collaboration with the conventional security agencies, local hunters, vigilantes and the OPC went into the forest and we were able to make some arrests and those arrested are undergoing various levels of interrogation
“What we observed in the last two weeks is a downward trend in criminal activities within the state. This is why the Amotekun Corps decided to change tactics so that we can sustain the relative peace in the state.
“We have commenced what we tagged: ‘Operation Clean Up’ in the state. This is to take the war against criminality to every corner of the state rather than wait for the criminals to come out.”
Adeleye disclosed that after the launching of the ‘Operation Clean Up’, the agency had arrested no fewer than 15 persons for various criminal activities in the state.
He said, “We visited some of the dark spots between midnight and 4am; we were able to arrest about 15 of these criminals where they were committing the criminal acts.
“We arrested about 15 suspects during the ‘Operation Clean Up’ that we commenced yesterday (Tuesday). Most of these criminals would be turned over to the conventional security agencies for prosecution where necessary.”