By Temitope Adedeji, Akure
Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun, has assured citizens of the state of crime free ember months, reiterating that there will be no hiding place for criminals.
The state Commander, Chief Adetunji Adeleye gave the assurance during a massive and well-coordinated Show of Force across the state.
He said: “The parade was to reassure them of the security agency’s readiness to take on hoodlums and other elements ahead of the ’ember months’ period.”
He said the exercise was not meant to intimidate law-abiding citizens.
The Amotekun boss said it would help checkmate hoodlums who might want to take advantage of the ember periods to execute their criminal acts.
“Our gallant men took the campaign round the Akure metropolis while also engaging themselves in a Show of Force,” he added.
The Commander appealed to residents to provide credible and factual information about criminals and their activities in their various domains.
Adeleye enjoined residents of the state to go about their legitimate activities, assuring that the exercise would not infringe on their rights as the state government is ever resolute in ensuring safety of lives and property.
He reiterated that Amotekun is ready to gallantly face the challenges of protecting every citizen of the state.
The areas patrolled were.Oda town Alagbaka, Oba-Ile, Shasha, Ijapo, Oke Ijebu, Stadium Road and Oja-Oba axis.
Meanwhile, men of the command, yesterday, apprehended three herders with over 40 cows who destroyed peoples’ farmlands in Owode, Akure South Local Government Area.
The Corps Commander said: “We got distress calls from farmers and residents of Owode, a community very close to the Akure Airport that cows are persistently destroying their farmlands.
“We went there thrice to educate them on how to do their businesses without destroying other peoples’ farmlands.
“It got to a time when there was a threat and a new dimension to it which got us into action.
“The cows were impounded, while three herders were apprehended as the investigation is still ongoing.”