No fewer than 15 persons have been arrested by the men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, for illegally mining gold in the Owo Local Government Area of the state.
The suspects, who were from the northern part of the country, were said to have been apprehended in about 50 different locations in the local government.
The suspects are: Shuaibu Yahaya, Habbi Usman, Kabiru Waheed, Mohammed Nurudeen, Mohammed Sulaman, Ali Mustapha, Ismaila Wahab.
Others included: Musa Zeehed, Gabbar Musa, Sule Adamu, Abba Suleman, Usman Kebiru, Yahaya Danladi, Usman Ali and Zekeri.
Speaking on the development, the state Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye, confirmed that the arrest was part of the crackdown to end criminality in the state by the state security outfit.
According to him, the suspects were apprehended by the Amotekun men, acting on intelligent information, in collaboration with local hunters who are working with the corps.
He said, “The arrest took place at a forest reserve in Owo, it was in the course of the exercise we discovered the illegal mining locations. We noticed that they (the suspects) have gone far in 50 different locations where they were mining.”