Amotekun Corps, officially known as the Western Nigeria Security Network, rescued nine kidnapped persons on Saturday.
The kidnapping was perpetrated by unknown gunmen along Ipetumodu-Ilesa expressway in Osun State. The victims were reportedly rescued by the joint patrol team of the corps in Osun and Ondo states.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Council of Amotekun Commanders in the South-West region and Ondo State Commander of the corps, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, at the Ondo headquarters of the corps in Akure, the state capital.
Speaking on the kidnapping, Adeleye said, “Around 1am, we got a distress call from one of the families of the kidnap victims that the kidnappers called, asking for ransom. We thereafter moved into action. We were able to track the kidnappers. The victims were rescued and some of their valuables were retrieved but the kidnappers ran away.
“It was along Ipetumodu axis in Osun state and when we got to a village about 10km away from the road, we found out that the den is a regular dump area for kidnappers because we found so many items which show that it is a permanent place where they keep kidnap victims.
“However, we were able to rescue nine victims and a vehicle. Our men are there in the bush trailing the kidnappers but our major concern was to rescue the victims.
“Our medical team have been attending to them and after completion, we would take them to their various destinations so they can reunite with their families”
Adeleye said that Amotekun would stop at nothing in joining forces with other security agencies to ensure criminals are driven away from the states.