*recover weapons, N268, 470.00
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Eleven suspected bandits were early Thursday arrested in parts of Oyo State by operatives of Amotekun Corps with Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN) .
According to Oyo State Commandant of Amotekun, Col Olayinka Olayanju (rtd) 6 of the suspects were arrested at Kajola Local government area of Oyo state with 183 cows while the remaining 5 bandits were arrested in Saki East local government area.
Col Olayanju (rtd), in a statement disclosed that the suspected bandits were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin road at about 4am during a joint routine patrol in the early hours of the day on 2 separate routes within Kajola local government area
He maintained that the suspected bandits were apprehended in separate incidents following encounters at 2 illegally mounted road blocks after hot pursuit while the bandits were trying to escape from the scene to evade arrest.
Col Olayanju stressed in the statement that ” the bandits whose modus operandi is to pretend as herdsmen in the day and violently robbed innocent passengers on the highways at night were caught with 183 cows, weapons and a total sum of N268, 470.00″,
He however gave names of the 6 arrested suspected bandits in Kajola local government as Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika and Umar Aliu Masika (all of Bororo Fulani ethnic group)
Disclosing that Amotekun operatives are still on the trail of other suspected bandits that escaped from the scene during the arrest, Col Olayanju ( rtd) hinted that the arrested bandits have been handed over ” to the Nigeria Police Authority Okeho Divisional HQ alongside the 183 herds, weapons and money found in their possession for further investigation.
On the arrested 5 other bandits, Col Olayanju ( rtd) said they have also been handed over to the DPO in Saki East Divisional headquarters.