Operatives of Oyo State Security Network Agency comprising Amotekun Corps in collaboration with Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) apprehended six (6) bandits at Kajola Local Government of Oyo state while on their joint routine patrol in the early hours of today April 29, 2021.
The criminals were nabbed along two separate routes within the LGA.
Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), Commandant of Amotekun in the state, said the men were arrested in separate incidents following encounters at two 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,” he said.
He said further: “The bandits namely Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika and Umar Aliu Masika (all of Bororo Fulani ethnic group) were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin Road at about 4am on Thursday, 29 April 2021.
“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.
“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.”
Olayanju appealed to those with necessary information that could help law enforcement agencies in their investigation to cooperate and report to the nearest police authority for proper investigation.
In another development, five bandits were arrested in Saki East and handed over to the DPO in the area this morning.