From Bamigbola Gbolagunte, Akure
Ondo State Security Agency Network also known as Operation Amotekun has disclosed that no fewer than 35 kidnap cases were foiled by its men within the last few months.
Also,the security outfit hinted that two illegal gold miners were arrested by operatives of the corps.
The state Commander of the Corps, Mr Adetunji Adeleye also disclosed that the corps has attended to 2,633 cases.
Briefing reporters in Akure, the Amotekun boss, said the Corps also arrested 1000 suspects, waded into 515 herders/farmers clashes and arrested kidnappers.
He added that the Corps has also impounded 26 cars and over 1000 Okadas, totalling 2,633 cases from May 2020 to September 2021.
“Operation Amotekun” is the codename for the security initiative of the South West Governors under the leadership of Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, to address the wanton killings, kidnappings, armed robbery and other forms of criminalities in the state and the South West region.”
Adeleye said one of the challenges facing the Corps was lack of the need to get legal backing to allow the agency carry weapons commensurate with the firepower of criminals.
He added that the Corps needs to secure large expanse of land for training camp/barracks for the agency.
He also stressed the need for improved subvention to address officers’ welfare and training, maintenance of 24 hours surveillance and acquisition of hardware for officers.