From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
The Ondo State Safety Community Company, in any other case referred to as Operation Amotekun, yesterday, confirmed the arrest of some suspected perpetrators of the assault on St Francis Catholic Church, Owo, the place over 40 folks had been gruesomely murdered and 80 badly injured.
The company additionally disclosed that some weapons and automobiles utilized by the suspected bandits have been recovered. It paraded 71 suspected kidnappers, armed robbers, okada snatchers and human traffickers, allegedly perpetrating dastardly acts throughout the state.
Parading the suspects, the State Commander of Operation Amotekun, Mr Adetunji Adeleye, who didn’t give the precise quantity and different particulars of the suspects arrested in reference to the Owo bloodbath, stated the corps was nonetheless working with different sister safety businesses, to trace all of the perpetrators of the devilish act.
Adeleye appealed to the folks of Ondo State, particularly these on the border cities on the Akoko-Owo-Ose axis, to stay calm and assist the safety males to wash up forests getting used as hideouts by criminals. He assured that the suspected criminals could be charged to court docket for prosecution after the conclusion of investigations.
Adeleye stated: “Various folks have been arrested regarding the Owo assault, and I’m telling you for actual that the final automobile they used earlier than they jumped into the bush has been recovered.
“We pursued them to that time, and we’re nonetheless pursuing them; we are going to get to the foundation of it. The suspects being paraded had been arrested throughout the final one month for crimes, starting from armed theft, cattle rustling, kidnapping, fraud.
“The 71 suspects had been picked whereas committing offences and others had been tracked to their hideouts within the forest. Now we have been capable of break a cartel that specialises in stealing and dismantling motorbikes (Okada). Now we have over 30 motorbikes recovered throughout a one-day operation.
“We additionally bought a report from some herdsmen that their cattle had been stolen. We went after them, recovered them and returned them to the homeowners. Now we have a bunch of small boys, below 18 years, who shaped themselves right into a cartel of criminals in a selected native authorities space of the state, and armed themselves. They really belong to a cult group referred to as “Agbado”, 12 of them had been arrested.
“We even have 4 kidnappers, and we intend to take most of those suspects, particularly, all those we’ve concluded investigations on their matter, to the Division of Public Prosecution.
“We wish to reassure the great folks of Ondo State that we are going to not relaxation till we resolve the matter, and rid the state of legal components.
“We’re intensifying efforts to get to the foundation of the mischievous act of those legal components. So, to the folks within the northern Senatorial district, particularly the border cities within the Akoko space, we are going to proceed with the operation clean-up within the forest there, till the final of the criminals are pushed out of the forests,” Adeleye stated.