South West security outfit, Amotekun, has evicted no fewer than 42 northerners from Ondo State.
This is just as the state government has explained that those that were evicted were 42 northerners that invaded the Okitipupa local government area of the state.
It said the invaders had been sent back to their states of origin as they posed a security risk to the state.
The state commander of Amotekun Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye, said the decision was taken in the best interest of the people.
The Amotekun boss said their agent claimed that they belong to a non-governmental organization (NGO) that they contracted out.
“In the last three days, there have been issues relating to the invasion of the state by alleged Fulani men. Our intelligence showed us the influx of some people especially to the Okitipupa local government area of the state. So, we monitored and we found out that they converged in front of the army barracks in Okitipupa.
“They were there for a couple of hours and at that point, we tried to find out what their mission is, but because they couldn’t give satisfactory explanations we moved them to our local office first in Okitipupa to try to debrief them and from the debriefing at Okitipupa, we had to move them to the state headquarters for proper debriefing.”
“When they arrived, we profiled them and we found out that they are primarily from two major states, that’s Kano and Jigawa. The mission that they claimed they came for is not too clear and upon profiling, we found out that the majority of them don’t even know how they got to where they got to.”
All they were told is they were going for training.Training for who, by who, or whatsoever, they did not know.
“But from the detailed investigation, we were able to narrow it down to their sponsors. The sponsors happened to also claim that they belong to an NGO, that they contracted out the training to a consultant who was supposed to train their men. They said they were going to train them as security guards.
“Right now we look at them as a security risk to the state, and at this point, we invited the sponsors, the head of the NGO, and chairman of the board. They have also explained. But we feel that we should let the people of Ondo State know that there is no crisis in Okitipupa local government.The way it was portrayed was as if some hoodlums or militants had taken over,” he explained.
He reassured the people of Ondo State that government is firmly on the ground in conjunction with other security agencies.
He advised them to go about their businesses, saying, “We have ensured that our intelligence unit had covered the entire state and we’ll alert the public on any wrong move.”
Also, the state’s commissioner for information, Donald Ojogo said the security situation the state found itself is a very precarious one.
Ojogo said, “As you also witnessed none of them was molested.The situation would have degenerated to the extent of lynching and jungle justice. It was almost getting to that point when they were seen suspiciously in Okitipupa but the governor had to rise to the occasion to ensure that they were given adequate protection so that jungle justice had to be avoided. That was one of the key points that were achieved in the last 72 hours. It was a very frightening situation.
“Ordinarily looking at the insecurity situation in the country, some of these persons would have been molested if not killed but that is not what we want.
Whatever is worth doing must be well done and we ensured as a government that they were well protected and taken care of until they were moved out of that danger zone to Akure.
“What government is trying to do today is to ensure that the way they came to the state, they will leave the state safely, peacefully and unhurt, so that when they get to their various states, they will also testify to their state government and their people that the movement that brought them to Ondo State was an unclear one and the state government had to protect them and move them back to their state.
“Also I have the instructions and the directive of Mr Governor to use this medium inform everybody, particularly, government officials that any security situation we found ourselves, the first point of contact must be security agencies.
“They are the only points of contact. Even I as commissioner for information and spokesperson of government is not authorised to speak on issues related to insecurity, no matter how insensitive it is. As long as it is a security matter, we do not want anybody to speak without proper authorization.”