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The Ondo State Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun Corps, has raised the alarm over incessant attacks on commercial motorcycle operators resulting in their deaths and theft of their motor bikes.

The Corps Commander, Adetunji Adeleye, gave the indication on Monday while parading 48 suspects arrested in connection with various crimes in the state.

Mr Adeleye, a retired Brigadier General, noted that residents should avoid bikers who wear hoods to make their faces unseen and unrecognisable.

He also warned residents to avoid doing businesses at night, lamenting that there is an upsurge in the activities of miscreants in major cities in the state.

“We observed that in the main cities, miscreants and criminals are taking over. We equally observed that on Sundays and when people go to work, these miscreants bugle their houses and make away with their valuables,” the Corps Commander said.

“The complain became unbearable in the last three weeks and this was what prompted the governor of Ondo State, Lucky Aiyedatiwa to direct that ‘Operation Safe-ground’ be commissioned today.

“The importance of ‘Operation Safe-ground’ is a resurgence of how we started. I want you to recall that the security situation of the state was at a sorry state about three years ago and by the grace of God and the support of the government and the good people of the state, we were able to bring it to a reasonable level, where people can do their businesses without being molested and sleep with their two eyes closed.

“In recent time, these miscreants have taken over the town again. I agree that we drove them out of the forest and we will continue to drive them out of the forest.

“However, the executive governor of Ondo State has directed that we flush them out completely from the state and that is why we are launching ‘Operation Safe-ground’.

Explaining how the criminals operate, Mr Adeleye said the unsuspecting okada riders are hit from the back, dispossessed of their Okada and some of them killed.

“To this end, we want to advise the good people of Ondo State that once you see an Okada with face mask, that you can only see his eyes, stop patronizing them,” he said.

“Again, to those that have permanent Okada riders that pick them, please don’t do that in the night again because they take undue advantage, at times rape, or kill their commuters.”

Those paraded for acts of crime a gang of three (Audu Michael, Anthony Emmanuel, Samuel Uche) who were found to be in possession of firearms they use in attacking innocent citizens of Akure.

Three separate groups of suspects specialized in vandalizing transformers In Isua and Akure, were arrested. They aware alleged to have sold the stolen materials to a person who is now at large.

The corps also paraded a “non-repentant kidnaper” who arrested after he escaped police detention to kidnap his earlier victim.

He was later arrested after his victims identified him.

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