Personnel of the Ekiti State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps, have arrested a suspected kidnapper in Ifaki-Ekiti, Ido/Osi Local Council of the state.
The Amotekun Corps Commander, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe (rtd), who disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, yesterday, said that the suspect, who dressed in a military uniform, was arrested during the routine patrol of the security outfit.
Komolafe said that the 23-year-old boy, while coming out from the bush along the Ifaki Road, was accosted by men of Amotekun and “confessed not to be a soldier but a kidnapper.”
He added that the suspect, who claimed to reside in Oye-Ekiti, had been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.Komolafe said: “We arrested him in Ifaki when we were on routine patrol where he dressed in military uniform and coming out from the bush. The first name he gave us was Adebayo Damola and later he said his name was Emmanuel Tunde. You can see the inconsistency in his words. He is never a military man but a suspected kidnapper.
“Upon interrogation, he claimed to be from Kogi State and that he was a vulcaniser residing in Oye-Ekiti. When asked about his mission in Ifaki, he said he was coming from Ado-Ekiti where he went to attend Man ‘O’ War interview.
“Our further investigation shows that he resides in Ifaki and when he took us to his room, we found military items. He also claimed that a military officer in Lagos State gave him the military uniform.”
The Amotekun boss, who revealed that the governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, would be launching the new security outfit on October 19, 2020, said they were ready to combat the waves of killings, kidnappings and other heinous crimes in the state.
He, therefore, solicited the support of residents to the success of the network by co-operating and providing useful information towards ending crimes in the state, saying the Amotekun Corps belongs to the people.
He also warned criminals to leave the state or face being arrested, saying that Amotekun under him would be above board and be focused in securing the people across the 16 local councils through traditional and cultural method.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Sunday Abutu, confirmed the arrest, saying the suspect is being detained at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the state headquarters for interrogation.