How herders arrest ‘kidnapper’ in Ondo


Fulani herdsmen in Akoko area of Ondo State have reportedly arrested another member of seven suspected kidnappers terrorising residents of the area.

Four of the gangsters were arrested last Saturday by soldiers and men of the Department of State Security Service (DSS) at Ajowa-Akoko, after abducting a Muslim cleric, Alhaji Jamiu Zakariyahu, who was returning from the mosque.

It was learnt that the herdsmen apprehended one Jimoh Imoru in the forest.

According to sources, the suspected kidnapper was roaming about in the bush when he approached the Fulani herdsmen to give him a direction to the nearest town.

The herders had the knowledge of how kidnappers were operating ceaselessly in the area, which was mostly linked to Fulani herders.

The herdsmen were said to have suspected that Imoru must be one of the suspects who escaped arrest recently by security men after their operation.

The herdsmen immediately brought him to Ajowa-Akoko where a large number of locals trooped out to see him.

It was learnt that some soldiers led by one Captain Emmanuel and the DSS officers later led the suspect to the forest where he kept his gun which was recovered from him.

He confessed to the crime, adding that he hails from Kwara State.

Residents of Ajowa-Akoko Northwest Local Government Area were said to be excited over the recent activities of soldiers on security in the area.

A monarch, the Oluro of Uro-Ajowa Akoko, Oba Michael Ipinmoroti praised security agents, local hunters and Fulani herdsmen for their performance in protecting life and property in the area.

The suspect was said to have been transferred to Akure, the state capital, for interrogation.

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