Operatives of the Oyo State security network agency codenamed Amotekun Corps, in collaboration with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and vigilantes have arrested six bandits in a forest in Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo state.
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Col. Olayinka (rtd), commander of Amotekun in the state, said in a statement that the operation was carried out during a joint routine patrol in the early hours of Thursday.
“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,” he said.
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He gave the names of those arrested as: Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika and Umar Aliu Masika.
He disclosed that all the six suspects are of Fulani extraction, adding that the arrest was carried out along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho-Iseyin road around 4:00am.
Olayinka stated that the bandits’ modus operandi is to disguise like herdsmen in the day and violently attack and rob innocent passengers on the highways at night.
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The Amotekun commander also disclosed that the suspects were nabbed with 183 cows, weapons and a total sum of N268, 470.00.
He said they have been handed over to the police in Okeho divisional headquarters along with the cows, weapons, and money found in their possession for further investigation.