Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun have arrested two teenage girls for allegedly feigning being kidnapped.
The duo (names withheld) were arrested after they locked themselves in a hotel room in the state’s Akoko district and demanded a ransom from their parents for their release.
Adetunji Adeleye, Commander of the Amotekun Corps, revealed this on Monday while marching the teenagers along with more than twenty other suspects in front of reporters in Akure, the state capital.
Adeleye said the girls, one aged 13 and the other 15, went into hiding and demanded one hundred thousand naira ransom from their mother after faking their abduction.
He added that the two girls also threatened the king of the town to pay the ransom within 24 hours or else they would kill the kidnappers in their custody.
The Amotekun Corps boss, who also doubles as the Special Adviser, Security Matters to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, said that the teenagers were nabbed through a joint operation with the operatives of the State Security Service (SSS) after tracking the telephone line being used by the girls.
When questioned by journalists, the younger of the two sisters said that they spent the night at their grandmother’s house and left around 6 a.m. after leaving the house.
“We left home because my mother behaved with us as if she was not the one who gave birth to me and decided to collect money from her,” she said.
Exposing other suspects, Mr. Adele listed them as suspected cult members, robbers, kidnappers and armed robbers, among others. He disclosed that among them was a woman, Mrs. Ajara Salamatu, who was delivering food to the kidnappers in the forest.
Amutkun Corps Chief also said that the agents arrested the hostage takers, who allegedly raped their victims for three consecutive days in their hideout in Elaji Local Government Area of the state, adding that some other suspects were arrested during an extensive joint forest raid in Owo, Yvonne and Akoko districts of the state.
To expel the kidnappers who are hiding in the forests.
He disclosed that many ATM cards were found in the possession of some of the suspects and they could not explain how they came about them.
According to him, the ATM cards were believed to belong to the various victims they kidnapped in the past.