Three of the suspected kidnappers that abducted nine persons at Ifon, Ose local government area, have been arrested.
The nine persons were among 32 persons returning from a burial ceremony in Ewatto, Edo State.
On Monday, the kidnappers demanded N90m to release the victims.
Commander of the Ondo State Security Agency codenamed Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, gave the names of the suspects as Shaibu Dolo, Saidu Yinusa and Haruna Musa.
Adeleye said the suspects were arrested at their camp located between Edo and Ondo state.
He stated that the three suspects confessed to the crime but said they were only in charge of food and charging phones at the camp.
He said: “We arrested some members of the kidnapping gang arrested along the Ose / Owo axis where we had a recent kidnap.
“We tracked the phones being used by the kidnappers and we met them around the tracking area but they told us that their leader had run away.
“They explained that their own job is to buy food and charge the phones in the camp but we are still working towards the arrest of others and I can assure you that the criminals will be arrested in no distance period”.
Adeleye said the Corps has entered into synergy with other security agencies in neighbouring Edo and Kogi States, particularly to jointly combat criminals operating along the bother lines.
Adeleye said a syndicate, which carried out robbery across seven states and robbed phones worth N84m has been arrested.
“The way they operate is that they came into the state with a car and two motorcycles and contacted two or three locals who understand the terrain to take them round the town for the survey.
“They visit big supermarkets, busy commercial markets but they don’t steal money, only expensive phones and we have over 20 phones which they stole around Akure metropolis within two days of their operation before they were arrested.
“The syndicate also deals in some criminal things that we are able to unravel but the good thing is that they confessed but they have successfully operated in seven states and they have not been apprehended until they got to Ondo state when we tracked them down.”