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The Western Nigerian Security Network (WNSN), known as the Amotekun Corps, said it was embarking on a joint border patrol to control criminal activities on the roads ahead of the festive period.

Leading the border patrol team, Ondo State Corps Commander Mr. Adetunji Adeleye, who is the chairman of all corps commanders in the region, said this on Saturday in Owena, border town of Osun and Ondo State.

Adeleye said the force would leave nothing to chance, particularly as it had become a tradition for highway robbers to embark on massive and aggressive operations during Yuletide.

According to him, this is the second edition of the strategy adopted by the body in all the southwestern states of the federation to confront criminals who used to rob travelers during the festive season.

He said the operation was labeled “Operation ‘Gba’le Gba’ko'”.

“Operation Gba’le Gba’ko”, in collaboration with his Osun State counterpart, the retired Brigadier General. Bashir Adewimbi,

He revealed that last year 340 victims of robbery and kidnapping operations and 80 stolen vehicles were rescued.

“Last year, when the Ondo and Osun state cross-border patrols began, we recorded great successes.

“We were able to dismantle several kidnapper cells; we were able to arrest the kidnappers; we were able to recover illegal arms and weapons; we managed to free hostages; we managed to arrest kidnapping suspects; we were able to arrest the armed robbers.

“In short, we were able to minimize criminal activity during Christmas last year.

“In preparation for this year’s holidays, we have redoubled our efforts to ensure that travelers, residents and visitors during this period can enjoy their holidays and can sleep with their eyes closed.

“That is why we are starting the ‘Ember patrol and cross-border patrol’ activities of the Western Nigerian Security Network Agency,” he said.

Adeleye noted that at a later date, the corps would begin the process of collaborating with other southwestern states to ensure all roads and villages are safe and lives and property are protected.

He noted that the operation was at the behest of the chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, and that the operations will be carried out with other sister security agencies.

“We are going to embark on a 24/7 patrol from now until after the Christmas and New Year holidays,” he said.

Osun State Amotekun Commander Adewimbi, in his comment, urged the people of the border communities to cooperate with them to ensure the safety of lives and property in the region.

One of the residents of the border town, Mr. Samuel Adeboye, described the border patrol as a good idea.

“With the presence of Amotekun we can now sleep well, go to our farms, everyone is praising the current administration,” he said.

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