The men of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo state have arrested 19 suspected criminals in the state.

Among the suspects are 12-year-old Timilehin, alias Anini; Sunday, 16, aka Oyenusi; and Odeyemi Ayodele, 20, aka Osumbo.

The young robbers adopted the names of hardened criminals killed by firing squad during the military era, Anini, Oyenusi, and Osumbo.

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.

“One of the three juveniles (Oyenusi) was arrested last year, taken to a rehabilitation center 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.” Adeyeye said.

Adeyeye added that the suspects had confessed to the crime and would be charged in court.