Amotekun arrests three kidnap suspects in Ekiti

By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado Ekiti

Ekiti State Security Outfit codenamed Amotekun Corps has arrested three suspected members of a kidnap gang terrorising the state.

The suspected kidnappers were arrested on Tuesday in Igbara-Odo, in South West Local Government Area following abduction attempt on a woman along Erinjiyan–Igbara Odo Road on Monday.

The suspects, who speak Fulfulde, include Abubakar Musa 25; Yussuf Lawal 20 and Babangida Usman, 30.

According to a community source, the kidnap gang attacked the woman in the farm with machetes and inflicted deep cuts on her head.

He said suspects escaped into the bush when they sighted people, adding the woman has been taken to health facility in the state where she is receiving medical treatment.

Confirming the arrest, Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig. Gen Joe Komolafe (rtd), said the kidnap gang was arrested following a tip off from the people in the area and serious manhunt by his men.

“This arrest was as a result of timely tip off. A woman was attacked in her farm yesterday and taken to hospital. But this morning, we directed the boys to go and search the bush and mount roadblock to make sure that the attackers they did not escape.

“When the suspects learned that Amotekun operatives were on the road, they decided to escape through the bush, it was then our men got hint again on the particular route they were passing.

“So, the other Amotekun detachment went to lay ambush for them, and they were arrested.

“When interrogated, they could not state their mission in the area and could not provide information on where they stayed,” he said.

Komolafe said the suspects would be handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.

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