19 suspected criminals have been arrested in Ondo by the state’s Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps.
Among the suspects are Timilehin,12, aka Anini, Sunday,16, aka Oyenusi; and Odeyemi Ayodele, 20, aka Osumbo.
The young robbers took nicknames of three hardened criminals killed by firing squad during the military era.
Timilehin, Sunday and Ayodele were arrested for robbery at Ijare community in the Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Parading the suspects on Thursday, April 14, at the command headquarters in Akure, the state capital, the Commander of the corps, Adetunji Adeyeye, said the three boys specialised in armed robbery.
He added that, apart from the trio, 16 other suspects were apprehended for various criminal activities such as kidnapping, rape, stealing, and open grazing, among others.
Adeyeye said: “One of the three juveniles (Oyenusi) was arrested last year, taken to a rehabilitation centre and was later released because of his age.
“His mother was arrested too because ‘Oyenusi’ confessed to us that his mother was the one preparing charms for him to prevent his downfall and arrest by security agents and his mother has been a beneficiary of the crime proceeds.
“This time around, we will write to the state Ministry of Justice for possible advice on what to do about them. But for their mothers, who have been aiding them, they will be charged to court.”
Guns, bullets, phones and money were recovered from the suspects.
Adeyeye said the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged to court.