Operatives of Oyo State Security Network Agency otherwise called Amotekun, in collaboration with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) on Thursday morning apprehended six bandits at the Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo state.
Announcing the arrest in a statement on Thursday, the Oyo State commander of the Amotekun, Col. Olayinka said the operation was carried out while on their joint routine patrol in the early hours of 29th of April, 2021 along two routes within the LGA.
According to him, the suspects were arrested in separate incidents following encounters at two illegally mounted road blocks.
“They tried to escape from the 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.
Those arrested include: Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika and Umar Aliu Masika.
All six of them were said to be of Fulani extraction and the arrest was carried out along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho-Iseyin Road around 4am on Thursday.
Olayinka further said the bandits’ modus operandi is to pretend like herdsmen in the day and violently robbed innocent passengers on the highways at night.
He said they were caught with 183 cows, weapons and a total sum of N268, 470.00.
He said they had been handed over to the Nigeria Police Authority, Okeho Divisional Headquarters, alongside the 183 cows, weapons and money found in their possession for further investigation.
He urged 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