Amotekun arrests ex- convict for robbery, drug offence 3 days after release - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, January 8, 2024

Amotekun arrests ex- convict for robbery, drug offence 3 days after release

A 29 year old ex- convict, Matthew Simeon, has been arrested by the Ondo State security outfit, codenamed Amotekun, for armed robbery, drug related offences, three days after he was released from prison for same crime.

Simeon was paraded alongside 28 other suspected criminals, arrested for various offences, ranging from kidnapping, armed robbery unlawful possession of firearms, theft among others.

The state commander of the security outfit, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said in Akure that "29 suspected criminals have been arrested across the 18 Local Government Areas of the State in the last one week

Adeleye said that "In the last one week, we were able to arrest 29 suspects that were involved in different forms of security breaches which ranges from kidnapping, armed robbery, house breaking, shop lifting, stealing of motorcycles among others."

" The corps also arrested a 29 year-old Mathew Simeon who left the correctional centre on January 1st and got arrested again on January 4th for the same offence he was previously jailed.

"One issue of note is that on all of such instances, we always have a recycled criminal. Like in this case, there is a particular suspect that left the correctional centre on January 1 and on January 4, 2024, (less than one week), he went into burglary crime again.

"The ex-convict claimed to be a drug dealer who also engage in robbery activities. We equally have about four suspects that violated the anti-grazing law of the state.

 "The same way, those that were involved in illegal possession of firearms and have been on our watchlist in the last five months were arrested with guns, locally made pistol with which they perpetrate evil . 

"Towards the yuletide season, we made it clear that there was not going to be any major bank robbery, or robbery operation throughout.

" I want to thank officers of the the Amotekun Corps, the Police, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), the DSS, and those that joined hands in ensuring that safety of lives and properties in Ondo State throughout the yuletide period was not compromised."

The Corps Commander said that the suspects will be profiled and prosecuted as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, the Commander denied that the bandits invaded Ondo community and overwhelmed operatives of the corps.

Adeleye described the report as "a ruse, false , unbalanced and as well, unfounded targeted at causing chaos in the state and discourage  officials of the security outfit in the state 

"We advice the general public to ignore such fake News and go about their legitimate businesses as the Akoko area of the state is safe for movement as the joint security agencies are fully on ground to ensure safety of lives and properties."

"As we talk now, the state is one of those that claims is safest. You will recall that early November will reassured members of the public that they are going to enjoy the Xmas and New Year holidays without fear of being molested. We placed it on record that there would not be bank robbery in Ondo state.

"So I want to say that it was a cheap blackmail orchestrated by enemies of progress of the state and it is aimed at discrediting the corps but we refused to be distracted.

" We will continue to serve our people and provide a quality security services that we are reputed for and it was what we all know that the 18 local government areas in Ondo state are safe from all these criminals activities. 

Adeleye declared that " We refused to be distracted by the mischiefs makers who are determined to rubbish the integrity of the Amotekun." 

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