In Ondo State, 19 suspected criminals amongst them teenagers have been arrested in different parts of the state.
The arrests were effected by the state’s security network agency, known as Amotekun Corps.
Adetunji Adeyeye, the Commander of the corps while parading the suspects in Akure on Thursday said three of the suspects which includes two teenage boys namely Timilehin (12), aka Anini, and Sunday (16), aka Oyenusi; and 20-year-old Odeyemi Ayodele, aka Osumbo specialised in armed robbery.
It will be recalled that Anini, Oyenusi and Osunbor were armed robbers who majorly terrorized the then Bendel State but were killed by firing squad during the military era.
Timilehin, Sunday and Ayodele were arrested for robbery at Ijare community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Adeyeye said a total of 19 suspects were arrested for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, rape, stealing, as well as for flouting the open grazing law, among others.
According to the commander, “One of the three juveniles (Oyenusi) was arrested last year, taken to a rehabilitation centre and was later released because of his age.
“His mother was arrested too because ‘Oyenusi’ confessed to us that his mother was the one preparing charms for him to prevent his downfall and arrest by security agents and his mother has been a beneficiary of the crime proceeds.
“This time around, we will write to the state Ministry of Justice for possible advice on what to do about them. But for their mothers, who have been aiding them, they will be charged to court.”
Items such as guns, bullets, phones and money were recovered from the suspects.
Responding to questions, Iyabo, the mother of 12-year-old Timilehin, said her son was influenced by Sunday (Oyenusi).
“I never prepared concoctions for him. I only went to church where my pastor gave me soap. I took him to a river where I bathed him with it for the spirit of criminality to leave him.”
The suspects would be charged to court, Adeyeye said.