The Western Security Network Agency, aka Amotekun, has warned criminals and criminally minded individuals operating in Osun State to desist from their activities or face the full weight of the law.
This warning was issued on Sunday by Amitolu Shittu, the Osun Amotekun Field Commander, while parading five suspected armed motorcycle thieves who were arrested in various parts of the state.
Shittu, while assuring residents of the state that the security outfit would ensure a crime-free Yuletide, also advised criminals to relocate from the state as the agency is ready to take the battle to the criminals’ hideouts.
Shittu, who revealed that the suspects were arrested during routine night patrol at Ife/Osun expressway and Ifon/Itesaadu/Ogbomoso road while trying to escape to Oyo State with stolen motorcycles added that after their arrests, they later confessed during the investigation.
The suspects include Tayo Oguniran, aged 30 years; Adegboye Olumoyero, 32 years; Hamzat Sheu, 21 years; Awal Hassan, 34 years; Zaharadeen Bello, 25 years; and Usman Umaru, aged 25 years.
“They were arrested after stealing Bajaj and TVS motorcycles in Ifon-Osun and Ilesa and heading to Ogbomoso and Ibadan to sell them to their customers; they admitted to having committed the crime and explained that they have been in the business for a long time.
“They further confessed that it was their fifth time of stealing motorcycles and transport it to Ogbomoso and Ibadan,” he said.
He disclosed that the security outfit is currently carrying out a discreet investigation to arrest other gang members involved in the act and urged members of the public to support Amotekun Osun by revealing the identity of criminals around them.
While assuring that the suspects will be charged and transferred to the police, who will then charge them in court, Shittu appealed to residents of the state to be security conscious at this time.
He added that during the period of Christmas and New Year, many unthinkable things happen in the societies, which called for vigilance on the part of the populace.