Sat. May 15th, 2021

Ondo State security outfit – Amotekun Corps said it evicted 137 illegal occupants from forest reserves across the Sunshine State.

Those evicted were suspected to be security threat to the state.

Their eviction came on a day suspected herders in four trucks were intercepted by the Police and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ipee, Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

They were intercepted with their cattle.

Those sacked by Amotekun were dislodged They were from Elegbeka forest on the Akure-Owo-Ifon Road few days after they arrived in the state.

Last week, 42 persons were arrested and sent back to their home states after they could not give satisfactory answers to their mission in the state.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has vowed to evict occupants of forest reserves who failed to register with the government.

The Commander of the Amotekun Corps in the state, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the 137 illegal occupants would be escorted out of the state to where they came from.

He said: “We got an intelligent that very many people bombarded (forests at) Elegbeka–Ifon area in the state. We moved in on questioning majority of them said they were from the northern part of the country and other said they are from Ogun State.

“We asked for their mission, they were not able to give us a clear-cut of what they are here for. We brought some of them (to Akure) and their sponsors here to the headquarters (of Amotekun) for proper investigation.

“We profiled them and we found out that they were conniving with some persons in Ose to be given space for settlement in the government’s forest reserve which make them illegal occupants of the forests. We are sending them back to where they claimed they came from,” Adeleye said.

In Kwara, security investigations show that the suspected herders planned to settle in Offa, Offa Local Government Area before they were intercepted at Ipee, in neighbouring Oyun Local Government Area of the state.

The suspects were said to be relocating from Ondo and Osun states, en route their base.

A report said the herders were escorted out of the state by the police and the NSCDC.

The report explained: “At about 08:00hrs of today (yesterday) four (4) trucks, fully-loaded with herdsmen entered Ipee township but unfortunately for them, people of Ipee and all the local vigillantes came out enmass to disallow them from entering the town with the help NSCDC officers in Ipee and the NPF who led them out with their patrol van.”

NSCDC spokesperson Babawale Afolabi said that the command received “information that herders from Osun and Ondo states had been moving into Ipee town which shares boundary with Offa local government area.

“These herders were denied by Ondo and Osun states due to the criminal activities being carried out by the group. We also identified that herders came into the boundary loaded with four trailers alongside the cattle wanted to settle in Offa.

“On this note, security agencies in Offa intercepted and led them out towards boundary between Osun and Kwara state.

“We advise the towns that border with Offa to be proactive and promptly raise alarm wherever they notice or suspect any strange movement.

“They should be security conscious about bandits and also notify people around them and report to security agencies nearest to them.”

The Nation

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