The Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed as “Amotekun” said it has arrested no fewer than 243 suspects over various offences in its two years of operations in Ekiti.
Retired Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe, the Commandant of WNSC in Ekiti announced this in Ado-Ekiti Friday while briefing newsmen on the activities of the security network since its establishment in the state.
Komolafe said the offences for which the suspects were arrested ranged from alleged kidnapping, robbery, burglary, cultism, rape, human trafficking, drug related offences, farmers/herders clashes among others.
He said the concerted efforts of his men and government support had helped reduced criminal activities in the state.
Komolafe, who attributed the success story to the efforts put in place by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, as well as other sister security networks in the state, said “the crime rate has reduced to the barest minimum.”
The commandant, who admitted that no society globally was completely free of crimes and criminals, urged Ekiti residents not to shield criminal elements in their area.
Komolafe listed some of the challenges facing the security network to include absence of sophisticated weapons to combat the criminals, lack of adequate, correct and timely information and the failure of the people to make themselves available as witnesses in the trial of suspects.
He charged well-meaning Ekiti sons and daughters, home and in the Diaspora to invest more in the security network of the state, saying that “security is everybody’s business,”.
While appreciating some individuals and communities that have reached out to the organisation he also appealed for more financial assistance to ease the burden of security on the government.
Recall that the Western Nigeria Security Network, Ekiti Command was inaugurated on October 19, 2020 as a domesticated agency to fight insecurity.