The Ondo State Security Agency Network, the Amotekun, on Wednesday, said it had arrested some persons in connection with the killing of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi.
Oba Adeusi was gunned down at Elegbeka on the Akure-Owo-Benin Expressway in the Ose Local Government Area of the state last Thursday.
He was said to be returning from Akure, where he attended a meeting, when he ran into the bandits.
The state Commander of Amotekun, Adetunji Adeleye, disclosed the arrest of the suspects while speaking to journalists in Akure.
He said: “We combed the forest in Elegbeka and we are able to arrest some suspects and they are undergoing interrogation. We rescued three victims from the Elegbeka forest on the same night that the traditional ruler of Ifon was killed.
“On the recent kidnap in the state, our men, in collaboration with the conventional security agencies, local hunters, vigilantes and the OPC went into the forest and we were able to make some arrests and those arrested are undergoing various levels of interrogation.
“What we observed in the last two weeks is a downward trend in criminal activities within the state. This is why the Amotekun Corps decided to change tactics so that we can sustain the relative peace in the state.
“We have commenced what we tagged: ‘Operation Clean Up’ in the state. This is to take the war against criminality to every corner of the state rather than wait for the criminals to come out.”
Adeleye also said three kidnap victims were rescued by his men during the operation.
He further disclosed that the agency had arrested no fewer than 15 persons for various criminal activities in the state following the launch of the ‘Operation Clean Up’ as part of efforts to flush out bandits from the state.
According to him, the suspects were arrested at various locations across the state, adding that men of Amotekun had been deployed in flashpoints across the state.