Amotekun Intercepts Truckload of Suspected Armed Herdsmen in Ibadan
Operatives of Oyo State Security Network Agency, known as Amotekun, have intercepted a truck loaded with about 80 men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen at Iwo Road area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The truck, according to information was stopped by personnel of Amotekun Corps and a quick search revealed some bows, arrows and daggers in the vehicle.
About 25 motorcycles were also discovered in the truck which also had cows.
Upon interrogation, the men were reported to have told the Amotekun operatives that they were going to Lagos and Ogun States.
The search was said to have attracted residents who trooped to the scene, but to avoid crisis, the security agents were said to have led the truck and its occupants to Agodi Police station.
They were said to have been handed over to the police at the station for further interrogation and search.
Confirming the incident, the Commandant of Amotekun in Oyo State, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd), said about 80 men were in the truck adding his men found some bows and arrows and knives in the truck.
Olayanju said some cows and motorcycles there were also found in the truck adding that his men could not carry out a thorough investigation at the scene due to large crowd that gathered at the scene.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Police Command, CSP Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the arrest.
According to him, some persons were intercepted and they were taken to Agodi Police Station where they were profiled.
He disclosed that the suspects said they were coming from Wudil in Kano and were going to Lagos and some to Ogun State. Fadeyi added the men said they were taking the cows to the abattoir in Agege, Lagos.
The spokesman of the state police command said since nothing incriminating was found on them, they were released and escorted to the Toll Gate area on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.