By Precious Oluwole
Ondo State Security Network Agency, code named Amotekun has apprehended a syndicate specialized in snatching and dismantling of motorbikes in some states in the Southwest region.
The syndicate usually operated within Ondo, Osun and Ogun states where he snatched motorbikes from owners at gunpoint and took to its hideout around Iwaraja on Ilesa-Akure highway where the Okadas were dismantled before selling them.
Parading the syndicate alongside with other suspects at the headquarters of the corps, the commandant noted that a member of the syndicate, Olamide Wasiu aged 35, from Osogbo, Osun State, had confessed to the crime while others are still on the run.
Chief Adeleye noted that another four-man armed robbery and kidnap syndicate were arrested by the Amotekun officers.
He added that the suspects, Sunday Aboto, from Olamaboro Local Government Area, Kogi State, Yusuf George from Owo and Odaka Joseph were arrested for kidnapping motorists.
According to Olamide in an interview, the buyer usually came with truck from Ibadan, Oyo State to meet them at Iwaraja junction, near Ilesha, where he took delivery of the consignment and paid.
The suspect disclosed that after he was arrested by the Amotekun Corps, he called the buyer that another consignment was ready for sale, but said he’s in Abuja where he’s currently growing rice.
However, the Corps Commander said the command is on the trail of other members of the syndicate which had snatched and dismantled over 100 motorbikes.
“Our command has also arrested a syndicate of kidnappers, where we have the ringleader who confessed to the crime. We also have a 49yr old man, Olusegun Adegoroye, who is in possession of military wears, cap and boot along with arms they use to carry out their operation”.
“Also, we have a rape suspect who we found out has three guns when we searched his house, and we are able to established that he use to hire these guns to criminals among others offences and we are rounding up our investigations and sending them to court to commence their trial.”
While appreciating the media for their support in fighting crimes as well as other security agencies in the State for their cooperation, Akogun Adeleye added that crime rate in Ondo State dropped drastically in the last three months.