Amotekun arrests DSS impersonator with gun in Ekiti
One Fatoba has been arrested by operatives of Ekiti State Amotekun Corps for illegal possession of a gun.
Amotekun Corps Commandant, Brig. Gen. Joe Komolafe (retd.), who disclosed this in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, said Fatoba was arrested along Efon–Ado Road.
He disclosed that a gun was discovered in the suspect’s car upon search by operatives of the corps, following which he identified himself as an officer of the Department of State Services.
The Amotekun commander also added that a suspected human trafficker, identified as Olabode, was arrested for alleged human trafficking to Mali.
Komolafe said, “We heard on a tip-off that some people wanted to enter Ekiti State with arms illegally. Following vigilance, we have been able to flag down the man with a Hilux van. When we searched the vehicle, we discovered that he had an illegal gun, a locally-made gun.
“Upon interrogation, he said he was an operative of DSS, but he could not produce any identification. Later he said he was sorry for impersonation and for illegal possession of arm. I see him as a scout, who came to see whether the road was porous so that they could come in.
“We will still be on the lookout. After a thorough investigation, we will hand him over to the police for further investigations and prosecution.”
However, the suspect said that he travelled with the gun, which he said belonged to his late grandfather following a recent attack on him by herdsmen along Ijesa Isu–Ikole Road to scare attackers away in case of any recurrence.
Fatoba said, “I was arrested by Amotekun at the Efon/Ikogosi axis on my way to Ado Ekiti from Ibadan. They stopped me, checked my vehicle and discovered I had a gun in the vehicle. When they asked me to identify myself, I told them falsely that I am a DSS officer maybe they can free me through that.”
The Amotekun Commander also disclosed that a suspected human trafficker, identified as Olabode, arrested over alleged trafficking in persons to Mali, would be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
Olabode, who denied being a human trafficker, said he only responded to a request from somebody in Mali for some Nigerians to come over to the West African country to work.