Makinde deploys 200 Amotekun officers to rid Oyo forests of criminals

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Oyo State governor Seyi Makinde Wednesday has given a marching order to 200 members of the Western Nigeria Security Network in Oyo State codenamed Amotekun to address the security challenges in the state.

Makinde said the additional deployment of the security outfit is to “rid the forests of criminals” carrying out kidnapping/banditry in the state especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.

According to the governor, the decision was reached at a security meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapa, which was attended by security stakeholders.

“Following the meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland which was attended by security stakeholders including the recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, our administration has come up with a security strategy for that zone:

“Deployment of Additional Operatives of the Amotekun Corps; We have resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.

“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run,” Makinde said in series of tweets.

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The state recently experienced a spike in security threats after a local warlord, Sunday Adeyemo, known as Sunday Igboho, led residents to evict members of a Fulani community in Igangan over allegations that they harbour criminals.

He gave a seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herders in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo State to leave the area in the wake of the heightened insecurity in the state, as well as the South-west, as a result of the activities of kidnappers and bandits.

Igboho’s ultimatum came at a period when Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, also issued a similar ultimatum to herders in Ondo forests.