The Ondo State Security Network Agency is additionally referred to as Amotekun Corps said it arrested over 120 suspects in its ‘Operation Clean Up’ exercise.
It said the Operation Clean-Up was launched in response to heist incidences in Akure and other parts of the state.
Commander of the Ondo Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, who spoke in an interview with journalists, said the suspects are handed over to relevant agencies for further investigations and prosecution
Chief Adeleye said crimes are reduced by 80 percent within the state since the launch of Operation Clean-Up.
According to him, “Since we started Operation Clean-Up a few months ago, we’ve arrested about 120 criminals and sanity is returning to the state.
“Some of the criminals are sent to the police, some to the NSCDC, et al. to the Department of State Services for more diligent investigation and prosecution.
“Initially, we started general security operatives with some other security agencies after the #EndSARS protests when there was an upsurge in criminal activities within the state and Amotekun launched Operation Clean-Up.
“over 15 robbery cases were recorded in Akure within one month, which had not happened before. We appealed to the government to impose a ban on the utilization of motorcycles in the dark and therefore the government acceded thereto.
“In Operation Clean-Up, we have got a full detachment of policemen going out with us on patrols because we all know the inside, they only follow. once we get to where we’d like superior weapons to be used, they assist us.
“In Ondo State, we don’t have a matter of rivalry or performing at cross purposes. There are not any clashes of interests because most of our operations are together with them and other security operatives.
“There were instances, like in some kidnap cases that we burst, where we got our coordinates from the DSS. they provide us this vital information, we put it on the table, analyze and that we implement it. So far, it’s been successful.
He said 560 farmers have reported cases against herdsmen and modalities were put in situ for the farmers and herdsmen to agree on some terms.
“We confirm the herdsmen write undertaking that they’re going not to return to the farmer’s farm again. If we found weapons on them, it’s a separate case which shall be taken be handed over to Civil Defence or the police,” he said.