The Ondo State Amotekun Corps have reportedly arrested no fewer than 149 suspected criminals within three local government areas of the state.
Chief Adetunji Adeleye, the Ondo Commander of the corps, made this known on Tuesday while parading the suspects before journalists.
He said most suspected criminals claimed they came into the state as hunters.
Adeleye added that guns, bags of Indian hemp and cutlasses were recovered from the suspects.
He said, “They surprisingly and carefully concealed and kept their weapons, bags of Indian hemp and cutlasses under their vehicles and claimed they were coming from different parts of the country.
“The pertinent question we are asking is: “Why are they hiding their guns?” If they are genuine hunters, why not come out openly?
“One begins to wonder why they would come from the extreme parts of the country to hunt in a village in a forest they had never been to.
“We have very strong reasons to believe that they are the people who turn, at night, to kidnappers and armed robbers and commit various crimes, especially on bad portions of the roads and in the forest reserves of the state.”
Adeleye said Nigerians have the constitutional right to migrate anywhere in the country but do not have the right to move with weapons.
The Amotekun czar said the arrested suspects would be taken to the relevant government agencies for detailed profiling after the investigation.
He said, “The government is very clear that if you are a hunter and want to go into the forest, you have to register so that the government, kings and the hunters will know that you are there.”