Retired Brig.-Gen. Bashir Adewinmbi, who is in charge of the Amotekun Corps in Osun, said that an ex-convict was caught trying to take an 8-year-old girl hostage.
In a statement released on Monday, Adewinmbi said that the suspect, a resident of Lawole Compound in Iresi town, was taken into custody on Saturday at about 2:30 p.m. when people saw him trying to drag the girl away by force.
“The suspect tried to entice the girl with N50, who was sent on a task by her mother. When the girl refused to give him the money, he grabbed her and tried to take her away.
“When he tried to drag the girl away, she screamed, letting people in the neighborhood know what was going on.
“Later, residents went after him, caught him, and called Amotekun officers from Olorunda Local Government to take him away.
“During questioning, the suspect admitted to the crime and said that if he had been successful, he would have used the girl in a money ritual,” the captain said.
He said that when the suspect was questioned, he said that if the girl had taken the N50, “she would have disappeared and come back at his herbalist’s place in Ejigbo, where the ritual is supposed to take place.”
Adewinmbi also said that the suspect said he had been guilty of robbery before but now works as a block molder.
The commander said that the suspect had been turned over to the police for further investigation. He also told parents to watch where their underage children go and not let them walk around on their own. #Amotekun
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