Some 137 persons found to be occupying a government forest reserve in Ondo State illegally have been evacuated to their various states by men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, the Amotekun Corps.
The illegal occupants were apprehended at Elegbeka Forest Reserve, located along Benin/Owo Highway.
The Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye disclosed that the agency got a tip off that some persons have invaded the government forest reserve in Elegbeka, near Ifon in Ose Local Government Area of the State.
Adeleye further disclosed that the men were brought to Amotekun headquarters in Akure where they were further questioned and profiled and majority of them said they were from the northern part of the country, but they could not state their mission in the state.
According to Adeleye, it was discovered that the persons were conniving with others in the area in order to settle down illegally in the government forest reserve.
He said that the illegal occupants have been sent back to where they claimed to have come from.
Recently, 42 persons from Kano and Jigawa States who were apprehended in Okitipupa, by the men of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State were also escorted out of the State.
The Amotekun Commander assured the law abiding residents of Ondo State of adequate security of their lives and property.
Men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, otherwise known as Amotekun Corps have arrested one hundred cows for flouting the open grazing law of the State.
The cows were caught grazing along the busy Akure/Ilesa highway.
The herdsmen were said to have taken to their heels upon sighting the operatives of the Amotekun Corps, abandoning their cows.
Commander of the Amotekun Corps in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye confirmed the arrest to Channels Television noting that the arrest was part of efforts in enforcing the directives of the State government that the streets and forest reserves be rid of unregistered herdsmen.
Adeleye explained further that the cows were intercepted and arrested at the boundary between Osun and Ondo States, adding that it took his men about 30 kilometres walk to control the cows to the corps’ headquarters in Akure, the State capital.
“Our men controlled the cows to the headquarters of our office which was about 30 kilometers from the point they were intercepted.
“We should take note that our men are in all the 18 local government areas and we are on 24 hours patrol. We arrived at the scene promptly,” Adeleye said.
He noted that some kidnappers use illegal cattle grazing as a ploy to waylay and kidnap innocent residents of the state.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has said Nigeria needs adequate security and restructuring of the country much more than the ethnicity of the person who occupies the presidency.
The governor maintained that the need to restructure the country has become more imperative in the face of security challenges and only time will tell on which one is more desirable for Nigeria between a restructured Nigeria and a Yoruba presidency.
Makinde said this on Tuesday while handing over 33 operational vehicles and 396 motorcycles to the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, for its take-off.
“I have heard some of our political leaders jostling around and saying they want to become the president of Nigeria in 2023. I think what we need at this stage is to secure our people and restructure Nigeria.
“It does not matter who is the president in Abuja. In a restructured Nigeria, every corner of the country will feel the impact of government. That is what we need.
“May God protect those running around for presidency till 2022. By that time, we will meet and, by then, we will get to know whether it is restructured Nigeria or Yoruba presidency that we really need,” Makinde said.
The governor stressed that the time has come for Nigeria to secure its people and restructure its system to checkmate the growing insecurity in the country.
He maintained that if restructured, every corner of Nigeria will be impacted positively, stating that no matter who is president in Abuja, the system would run effectively in a way that will be beneficial to all and sundry.
He also expressed satisfaction with the establishment of the Amotekun Corps, saying the corps will play a major role in ensuring security.