Six suspected kidnappers have been arrested by operatives of Oyo State Security Network Agency, Amotekun Corps, members of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) for mounting illegal roadblocks in Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
Col.Olayinka Olayanju (Rtd), the Commandant, Amotekun Oyo State, disclosed that the bandits were arrested at Kajola Local Government of Oyo state while on their joint routine patrol in the early hours of Thursday.
He explained that the suspects who are Fulani herders were nabbed at two separate routes within the LGA.
According to him, “They were arrested in separate incidents following encounters at the illegally mounted road blocks. They tried to escape from 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”.
Olayanju gave the names of the suspected 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.
“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 N268, 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 necessary information that could help law enforcement agencies in their investigation are please enjoined to co-operate and report to the nearest police authority for proper investigation”.