The Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as the Amotekun Corps, has apprehended 48 individuals suspected of various criminal activities in Ondo State. Commander Adetunji Adeleye announced the arrests during a press briefing in Akure, where the suspects were paraded before the media.

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The arrests were part of a broader initiative to combat crime in the state, which also saw the inauguration of “Operation Safe-Ground.” This new operation was launched following directives from Governor Lucky Aiyedatiwa to curb the rising criminal activities.

Commander Adeleye detailed that the suspects were involved in offenses such as firearm possession, cable vandalism, and kidnapping. He emphasized the corps’ commitment to eradicating crime from the state, noting that all 48 suspects had confessed to their crimes. Among those arrested were individuals involved in the theft and vandalization of transformers and power cables, activities that have imposed significant costs on local communities.

The launch of “Operation Safe-Ground” aims to address the surge in criminal activities, particularly in urban areas where miscreants have been known to burgle homes during work hours and weekends. This new security measure reflects the state government’s response to the increasing complaints from residents, aiming to restore safety and order in Ondo State.