Amotekun Rescues Three Remaining Travellers From Abductors In Ondo

File photo of Amotekun operatives.

 

Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps)have rescued the three remaining victims out of the 12 that were kidnapped by gunmen along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani Road.

The victims were travelling from Abuja to Lagos when they fell into the hands of the kidnappers. However, the prompt intervention of the Amotekun corps led to the earlier rescue of nine of them.

The remaining three were rescued on Friday night after a rigorous intelligence gathering and searching of forests in the area.

While addressing journalists on Saturday, the Amotekun Commander in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, said his men engaged the kidnappers in a hot chase forcing them to flee and abandon the victims.

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“After we were able to secure the release of the first nine, operatives still continued in the forest and we were combing the forest that is so massive,” he said.

“It is the same forest that extends to some parts of Kogi so we started tracing them. Once they started maintaining contacts with their (victims) families, we also started tracing and tracking up to the point where we gave them a very hot chase.

“To the glory of God, we were able to secure their release. For now, we have not made any arrests but we are tracking and working on them.”

He explained that the rescue efforts were in collaboration with the Department of State Services (DSS) operatives and men of the Ondo State Police Command.

Victims’ Ordeal

On their part, the victims narrated their ordeal, saying they trekked for hours in the forest without food.

Three of the rescued kidnapped victims – Benjamin Ojoga, Omolara Fajana and Faith Sunday – confirmed that they were coming from Abuja and going to Lagos when the gunmen attacked their vehicle on the road and shot into the air before taking them to the forest.

Protests In Ibadan Over Alleged Killing Of Teenager By Amotekun

 

Protests rocked Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, on Wednesday after a teenager was allegedly shot in the early hours of the day by Amotekun operatives.

Angry protesters brought the corpse of the 16-year-old boy to the state secretariat as they demanded justice.

According to them, he worked for a printing press around the Mokola area where late-night printing usually takes place.

The boy was reportedly on his way to buy food around 2:00 am when he was shot allegedly by the Amotekun operatives.

Traffic and commercial activities were brought to a halt on Wednesday as the protest went on.

Meanwhile, the state Amotekun Commander Col. Adeyanju Olayinka, has denied the involvement of his operatives.

According to Col Olayinka, his men were at different areas in Sango responding to a distress call around the time the incident occurred.

He asked members of the public who have evidence of the incident and the involvement of the Ametokun officers, to come forward with such, promising that justice would be done.

Panic As Gunmen Injure Customs Officers, Soldier In Igangan Community

File photo of a man bearing fireman used to illustrate the story. PHOTO: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Residents of Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State have been gripped by panic following an attack on the community and neighbouring towns of Igbo ora, Tapa, and Ayete.

Eyewitnesses said they did not know the number of persons killed by the gunmen, but that one of the sources claimed that the Amotekun commander in the local government was killed.

While residents claim that the attack was carried out by armed herdsmen, the Nigeria Customs in a statement on Saturday said they were smugglers.

According to the Nigeria Customs, three officers and a soldier were injured during the attack carried out which was carried out on Friday night.

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Customs spokesperson, Federal Operations Unit Zone A, Theophilus Duniya in a statement on Saturday said smugglers attacked after they were sighted by customs officers in eight trucks conveying contraband items.

“The injured Customs Officers who are operatives of the Zone A, Federal Operations Unit, sighted eight trucks carrying smuggled foreign parboiled rice whose drivers and armed accompanying passengers launched an attack on the officers.

“One of the attackers was shot and disarmed while the others retreated with their smuggled wares,” the statement read in part.

The attackers were however repelled by the joint efforts of local vigilante groups.

The statement added that an investigation has been launched to arrest and prosecute the attackers and the attacked customs officers and a soldier, including one that was shot in the head, are receiving treatment.

Acting Controller of the Unit, DC Usman Yahaya, condemned the attack and reiterated the resolve of the service to suppress smuggling.

The Unit, according to the Acting Controller, will never relent or be intimidated by attacks carried out by criminal elements unlawfully bearing arms and unleashing same on officers on legitimate duties.

Igangan has been under the spotlight for more than five years with clashes erupting intermittently between farmers and herders.

At least 11 people were killed after gunmen attacked the community earlier in June.

Some of the assailants were killed with houses and vehicles burnt during the attack.

S/West Govs Condemn Igangan Attack, Direct Amotekun To Intervene

File photo of Ogun State governor with Amotekun security agents.

 

The governors of the six South-West states of Nigeria have condemned the killings in Igangan, a community in Ibarapa, Oyo State.

The governors have also directed the Commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South-West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region.

This was disclosed in a statement signed on Sunday by Chairman South West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu.

The Ondo State governor also described the attack as premediated and cowardly.

“We have just received with rude shock premeditated attack on our people at Igangan, Ibarapa, Oyo State, in the early hours of today. This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned loss of lives and property on a large scale. It is horrendous, callous, and highly provocative. All well-meaning Nigerians must condemn, in the strongest term possible, this latest assault on decency and communal harmony.

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“While we will encourage the security agencies to get to the root of this latest act of provocation, we have directed the Commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately,” Akeredolu said.

He lamented that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the peoples of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end.

“They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realized. It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.”

He then pledged that the southwest Governors have resolved to defend people and their property without compromise.

“We on our part are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression.

“On this, there will be no compromise. We call on our people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities. In addition, they must be united in the task of defending our lives and properties.”

Igangan has been under the spotlight for more than five years with clashes erupting intermittently between farmers and herders.

At least 11 people were killed after gunmen attacked the community on Saturday.

Some of the assailants were killed with houses and vehicles burnt during the attack.

The police command spokesman, Wale Osifeso, said the assailants attacked the area with guns and other dangerous weapons but a combined team of the police, hunters, and vigilantes were able to beat back the criminal elements.

Amotekun Arrests Four-Man Kidnap Syndicate In Ondo

A screengrab taken on May 10, 2021, shows the feet of the suspects arrested by Amotekun Corps in Ondo State.

 

Officials of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun have arrested a four-man kidnap syndicate in Akure, the state capital.

The commander of Amotekun in the state, Adetunji Adeleye, while parading the suspects said they were apprehended after kidnapping three persons along Oda road in Akure during a night operation while it was raining.

According to Adeleye, the suspects initially kidnapped four persons, but one person was able to escape while they took the rest of them to their hideout.

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He said after getting wind of the incident, Amotekun operatives swung into action and rescued two persons that night, and subsequently arrested the suspects during negotiations for ransom.

Adeleye disclosed that a gun,  cutlass, dagger, and a motorcycle were recovered from the suspects and assured the law-abiding residents of the state of adequate security of their lives and property.

Usman Garba who led the kidnap syndicate confessed that the victims were beaten while one of them was raped.

Ondo Govt Orders Evacuation Of 42 Strangers Out Of State

A file photo of Ondo State Governor, Olurotimi Akeredolu.

 

Ondo State Government has ordered men of Amotekun Corps to escort 42 men apprehended in Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area out of the state.

The men, who were of northern extraction: from Kano and Jigawa States were said to have arrived in the town on Thursday evening.

The arrival of the men created suspense and apprehension among the residents of the town who quickly alerted the security agencies.

When interrogated, the men said they were brought into the state by a non-profit organisation to undergo training as security agents at the Nigerian Army barracks in the town. However, the authorities of the barracks did not give them access because there was no signal to that effect from their headquarters.

Addressing journalists on the development, Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo disclosed that if not for the timely intervention of officials of government, particularly Amotekun Commander and the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Security Matters, the situation would have degenerated to the extent of lynching and jungle justice.

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According to him, the 42 men have been escorted by Amotekun Corps to the boundary with a neighboring state, from where they will find their way back to their destinations.

Ojogo advised the people of the state, especially government officials to be careful of their utterances in a security-related situation like this.

“I have the instructions and the directive of Mr Governor to use this medium inform everybody, particularly, government officials, that any security situation we found ourselves, the first point of contact must be security agencies,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Akure-based 32 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, Captain Ayorinde Omojokun disclosed that the men were not allowed into the premises of the barracks as they were handed over to the police.

He added that the Army did not have any signal to conduct any form of training in Okitipupa barracks.

Also speaking, the Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, DSP Tee-Leo Ikoro revealed that following the tip of by residents, the men were rounded up by the police and handed over to the Amotekun Corps.

Amotekun Allays Fear Of Security Threat In Okitipupa Town

A screengrab taken on May 2, 2021, shows a signpost of the operational office of Amotekun Corps in Akure, Ondo State.

 

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps has appealed to the residents of Okitipupa to remain calm following the report of apprehension over a purported security threat in the town after 42 men from Jigawa and Kano states were apprehended.

The Commander of the corps, Adetunji Adeleye, made the plea on Sunday while briefing reporters in Akure, the state capital.

“We feel that we should let the good people of Ondo State know that there is no crisis in Okitipupa Local Government Area,” he said.

There has been apprehension in Okitipupa after reports emerged that dozens of men from the northern part of the country were brought to the town at night.

In a bid to calm the tension, Amotekun operatives were said to have mobilised to the town after which the visitors were moved to the headquarters of the security outfit in Akure for profiling.

Upon interrogation, it was discovered that the persons were brought to the town for employment by a non-profit organisation.

He stated that their sponsors claimed that they were brought to the state for training after which they would be deployed as security officials.

“The mission that they claimed they came for, we found out that it was not too clear and upon profiling, we found out that majority of them do not know how they got to where they got to; all they were told was that they were going for training.

“From detailed investigation, we were able to narrow it down to the sponsors and they also claimed to belong to an NGO. Right now, we look at them as a security risk to the state,” said the Amotekun boss.

He added, “The way it was portrayed, it was as if some militants or hoodlums have taken over (Okitipupa). For the good people of Okitipupa Local Government, we want to assure them that we are firmly on the ground in conjunction with other security agencies.

“There is no problem, and people should go about their businesses normally. We are not leaving anything untouched.”

From the Amotekun office, the visitors were escorted to a boundary with a neighbouring state, from where they were asked to find their way to their various destinations.

Amotekun Arrests Six Suspected Bandits In Oyo

 

 

Operatives of the Oyo State Security Network Agency comprising of Amotekun Corps in collaboration with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) have arrested six suspected bandits at Kajola Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects were arrested during a joint patrol routine on April 29, 2021, along two separate routes within the LGA, they also mounted two illegal roadblocks in separate incidents.

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In a statement by the Commandant of the Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (Rtd), the suspects tried to escape from the scene but were “given hot pursuit by the operatives as they tried to evade arrest.

The suspected bandits arrested

 

“We are still on the trail of others who managed to escape from the scene”.

The suspects namely Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika, and Umar Aliu Masika were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin Road.

Read Full Statement Below:

Press Release

Bandits Apprehended By Amotekun and other non-state actors.

Operatives of Oyo State Security Network Agency comprising Amotekun Corps collaborating with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) apprehended six (6) bandits at Kajola Local Government of Oyo state while on their joint routine patrol in the early hours of 29th of April, 2021 along 2 separate routes within the LGA.

They were arrested in separate incidents following encounters at 2 illegally mounted Roadblocks.

They tried to escape from the scene but were given hot pursuit by the operatives as they tried to evade arrest. We are still on the trail of others who managed to escape from the scene.

The bandits namely Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika, and Umar Aliu Masika (All 6 arrested were of Bororo Fulani ethnic group) were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin Road at about 4am on Thursday, 29 April 2021.

The bandits whose modus operandi is to pretend as herdsmen in the day and violently robbed innocent passengers on the highways at night were caught with 183 cows, weapons, and a total sum of #268, 470.00.

They have been handed over to the Nigeria Police Authority Okeho Divisional HQ alongside the 183 herds, weapons, and money found in their possession for further investigation.

Those with the necessary information that could help law enforcement agencies in their investigation are please enjoined to cooperate n report to the nearest police authority for proper investigation.

Signed.
Col.Olayinka Olayanju Rtd
Commandant
Amotekun Oyo State

Amotekun Arrest Over 250 Cows For Destroying Farmlands, Crops In Ondo Communities

Ondo Amotekun Corps with seized cows

 

The Ondo State Security Network Agency, the Amotekun Corps have arrested over 250 cows following a distress call and petitions by farmers in Ipogun, Ilara, Owena Dam axis in Ifedore Local Government Area of the State.

The State Commander of the State Security Network, Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye disclosed this to journalists in Akure, the state capital, on Sunday, at the signing of an agreement for the release of the cows.

He lamented that when he visited the farmlands to assess the level of destruction, he discovered that the herders destroyed over 300 hectares of farmland with crops, including cassava, maize, cocoyam, and yam.

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“I was amazed when I saw the level of destruction when we got to the farm. The herders first attacked us, but later ran away. However, we arrested two of them. We also seized over 250 cows,” he said.

According to him, the herders even went ahead to uproot cassava, cocoyam, and yam tubers to feed their cows.

Adeleye noted that government would henceforth prosecute owners of seized cows and auction the animals after getting a court order.

Amotekun Rescue Three Kidnap Victims In Ondo

A file photo of Amotekun corps during an operation in Ondo State

 

Officers of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun have arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued three travellers along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani Road in Ose Local Government Area of the State.

The victims: Adewale Adebisi, male, 52; Ahan Mary, female, 21; and Ladi Bude, female, 23; were said to have been kidnapped by some armed men while travelling with other church members from Benue State to Akure, Ondo State in the early hours of Saturday.

It was gathered that the kidnappers flagged down the vehicle in which the victims were traveling, ordered the occupants out, and took them into a nearby forest.

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However, the kidnappers ran out of luck as men of Amotekun corps on getting wind of the incident, stormed the area, in search of the victims in the forest, and succeeded in rescuing the victims.

The Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed the rescue of the three victims to newsmen.

He disclosed that his men responded immediately after the distress call and they were able to rescue the victims safely.

Adeleye promised that the corps will continue ensuring the safety of the lives of the people of the State. He equally warned all criminal elements to desist or leave the state.

Two Suspected Kidnappers Arrested, Three Rescued In Ondo

A file photo of Amotukn corps during an operation in Ondo State recently.

 

Men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, popularly known as Amotekun, have arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued three travellers along the Ifira-Akoko/Idoani Road in Ose Local Government Area of the state.

The victims – Adewale Adebisi, Ahan Mary and Ladi Bude – were said to have been kidnapped by some armed men while travelling with other church members from Benue State to Akure, the Ondo State capital in the early hours of Saturday.

It was gathered that the kidnappers flagged down the vehicle in which the victims were travelling, ordered the occupants out and took them into a nearby forest.

However, the kidnappers ran out of luck as men of Amotekun corps on getting wind of the incident, stormed the area in search of the victims in the forest, and succeeded in rescuing the victims.

The Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed the rescue of the three victims to journalists on Sunday.

He disclosed that his men responded immediately after the distress call and they were able to rescue the victims safely.

Adeleye promised that the corps will continue to protect the lives of the people, warning all criminal elements to desist or leave the state.

Insecurity Won’t Stop COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution In Rural Areas — Ogun Gov

We have installed a solar-powered cold chain for the #COVID19 vaccines – Dapo Abiodun

 

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun says security challenges will not stop those at the grassroots from getting COVID-19 vaccines.

The governor who disclosed this in a series of tweets on Thursday added that the state will soon launch the Western Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, as a measure to address the challenges.

“At the meeting, we held with all Ogun State’s 20 Local Government Transition Chairmen earlier today, I disclosed this as I expressed confidence that the recent security challenges that is gradually phasing out will not stop the vaccine from getting to the grassroots.

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“Specifically, two major measures are being put in place to address insecurity and access to remote areas.

“In addition to the Peace Committee, we will first launch the Amotekun security outfit in Yewa in the coming weeks. We will also rehabilitate the Papalanto-Ilaro Road, as well as construct link roads in other areas,” the governor said.

Abiodun also revealed the state’s readiness for the arrival of the vaccines, saying it has installed a solar-power cold chain.

“We have installed a solar-powered cold chain for the #COVID19 vaccines that have now arrived in Nigeria, and will be prioritising frontline healthcare workers in its administration.”

 

 

Two days after Nigeria received the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said  the country will commence the vaccination against COVID-19 on Friday, March 5.

The Executive Director of NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib announced this on Thursday at a presidential briefing held at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He revealed that the government would kick-off the exercise at the National Hospital in Abuja where the frontline health workers there would be the first set of people to be vaccinated.

Shuaib also hinted that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would also take their vaccine shots a day after the health workers were administered the vaccines.