TROUBLE LOOMS As Governor Akeredolu Deports 42 Fulani People To Jigawa From Ondo State
Oyedokun Taofeek Oyedele
May. 03, 2021
The Ondo State government has evacuated 42 alleged invaders who were recently arrested at Okitipupa, the headquarters of the state' s Okitipupa Local Government Area, by men from the Ondo State Security Network, Amotekun.
Following the residents' warning, which drew the attention of the Amotekun corps, the invasion of the men who said they were in the state for security training generated tension in the community.
The 42 invaders were arrested after they were unable to justify their mission in the state, according to the state Commander of Amotekun in the state, Chief Adetunji Adeleye.
According to him, the alleged invaders from Kano and Jigawa states reported that an agent invited them to the state and hired them as security guards to track and direct pipelines in the state.
" There have been issues related to the invasion of the state by suspected Fulani men in the last three days, " Adeleye said. Our information revealed an influx of people, especially in the state' s Okitipupa Local Government Area. So we kept an eye on them and discovered that they had gathered in front of the army barracks in Okitipupa.
" They were there for a couple of hours, and we tried to figure out what their mission was at that stage, but they couldn' t give us satisfactory answers, so we moved them to our local office in Okitipupa to try to debrief them, and from there, we had to move them to the state headquarters for proper debriefing.
" When they arrived, we profiled them and discovered that the majority of them were from Kano and Jigawa states. The mission they claimed to have come for was unclear, and through further investigation, we discovered that the majority of them had no idea how they got to where they were.
" All they knew was that they were going to get some experience. They have no idea who, by whom, or for what they are being trained.
" From the thorough investigation, we were able to narrow it down to their sponsors, " Adeleye said of the youths' sponsors.
" But as part of our discreet investigation, we found out that the so- called consultant had been arrested in Delta State and I heard from the Delta State Police Command as of today that he was still in their custody. So, we hope to release them, all of them, and ensure that they are returned to their respective states. "
He clarified that they agreed to release them because " right now we look at them as a security risk to the state, and at this stage, we invited the sponsors, the head of the NGO and chairman of the board have also given an explanation.
Meanwhile, the state government has advised the citizens of the state not to take the law into their hands and should not hesitate to report any suspicious movement in their society.
Speaking on behalf of the state government, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation in the state, Donald Ojogo, commended the Amotekun corps for handling the situation maturely and professionally.
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