Ondo: Amotekun arrests suspected gang members who hypnotise victims before kidnapping them


By Akintunde Jacobs, Akure

Six suspected members of a gang who specialised in using spiritual means to hypnotise people before kidnapping them have been arrested by the operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.

Parading the syndicate on Tuesday in Akure alongside other 39 suspects arrested for various criminal offences ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery, stealing, snatching of motorbikes, the Ondo Amotekun Commander, Adetunji Adeleye explained that, “the six kidnap syndicate uses spiritual means to hypnotise people they carry on their motorcycle to unknown destination.”

According to him, they included two females and a herbalist who fortified the kidnap syndicate before going on operation.

Adeleye said, “We have a case of one of them that specialises in killing motorcycle riders and taking over the motorcycle, dismantling and sending out of the state. We tracked him to Ore in Odigbo and we arrested his accomplice and the ring leader escaped to Ogun state. We contacted the Amotekun in Ogun state who assisted us in apprehending him.

“We also have another group that specialises in kidnapping. They actually kidnapped a lady in Ore but we were able to get the victim out alive without ransom and we were able to apprehend the the suspected kidnappers.”

He said the 45 suspects included 10 kidnappers; eight burglars; 10 armed robbers; one minor rapist; three motorcycle snatchers; eight illegal possessors of firearms; one car vandal; one generator robber and three cattle rustlers.

Adeleye who explained that the suspects would soon be charged to court after completion of investigation, emphasised that all the security agencies in the state have been properly briefed on the influx of undesirable elements to the state and it is determined to wage war against them.

He, however, noted that Amotekun remains resolute in maintaining zero tolerance to crime in the state, calling on criminals to vacate the state.