Ondo State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, has rescued two Fulani herdsmen who were abducted by their fellow herdsmen.
It was gathered that the victims were abducted by a gang of herdsmen in Supare Akoko, in Akoko South West Local Government Area of the state.
Speaking at a press conference in Akure, the One State capital, on Thursday, the Commander of Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye, identified the victims as Musa Ibrahim and Amidu Ibrahim.
He explained that they were tied to a tree, adding that their abductors were about to slaughter them when his men arrived at the scene.
Adeleye, however, disclosed that a member of the gang, Sidi Amodu, was arrested.
According to Adeleye, when Amotekun operatives stormed the scene, the abductors numbering about seven fled, leaving behind Amodu, who was sleeping at the time.
He said: “This is a case of herdsmen being kidnapped by fellow Fulani men. The two victims rescued by the Amotekun Corps are Musa Ibrahim and Amidu Ibrahim; they are siblings and they are herdsmen.
“They were kidnapped in Supare Akoko and valuables were taken from them after the kidnap operation. They were tied and about to be slaughtered by fellow Fulani men before our men got wind of it. We penetrated the forest where they were hiding and we were able to apprehend one of the criminals.
“He confessed to the crime and said the gang was a group of seven and that they migrated into the state from Benin and Kogi States. He said the last kidnap they did involved eight people. He said they all scattered when the Amotekun men came, in order not to be arrested.
“The suspected kidnapper, Sidi Amodu, claimed he came from Kogi for the purpose of the kidnap and that they hired cows as cover-up because they were not the real owners of the cows.
“He said they operated in some bad portions of the roads in Ajowa Akoko, Akunnu and Supare areas of the state.”
Speaking with news men, the suspect, Amodu, confirmed that the gang moved with hired cows from Okene, Kogi State, to Ondo State to perpetrate crimes while disguised as herdsmen.
He also confessed that they robbed at some bad spots in Akunnu Akoko, Supare Akoko and Ajowa Akoko, noting that the two brothers were kidnapped for the purpose of ransom.
The victims said they were beaten and tortured by their abductors.
“They tortured us and told us to call our relatives to bring ransom to release us or they would kill us. They beat us and were about to kill us when the Amotekun men arrived in the forest,” Musa said.