Amotekun corps

Amotekun attacked over Ondo monarch assassination

The Amotekun Corps has been subject of criticism following accelerating spate of abductions and other forms of criminal activities in the state.

Thursday’s murder of the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Isreal Adeusi, further excerbated the criticism by residents in Akure metropolis.

Few days ago, kidnappers collected a ransom of N2.5m from a family to release three children they held captive.

Kidnappers also received to release some traders and local officials last month.

Reliable sources said Amotekun has abandoned its core assignment to provide intelligence from communities as well as avert crimes in the highway.

Amotekun officers were accused of going after Okada riders that violated the restriction order of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.

A trader, Mr. Olabisi Seun, said hopes that crimes and criminality would reduce with the launch of Amotekun Corps have been lost.

A social commentator, Mr. Samson Falana, noted that there were many abandoned cars along the Benin -Owo highway especially the Ifon -Elegbeka-molege -Owo axis.

“My enquiry reveals that the vehicles belonged to kidnap victims that were taken inside the forest by their captors waiting for ransoms to be paid before their release or otherwise they kill them there.

“It is the same along Owo -Akungba road. Akeredolu should wake up to his responsibilities to protect live and properties of its citizens. Government should go and remove those vehicles to a safer place,” he concluded.

Ibrahim Mohammed Funsho is a graduate of Mass Communication from Prince Abubakar Audu University, previously known as Kogi State University, Anyigba.

He is a well-groomed journalist who cut his teeth on journalism with the African Independent Television (AIT) as an intern.

His areas of interest include Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Gender Equality and Community Development.

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