The Oyo State Security Network Agency, known as Amotekun, has been able to flush out two sets of herdsmen from the Opara Forest Reserve and the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme Forest.
According to the management of the Corp, the security network was able to flush out the herdsmen with the help of some hunters led by one Prophet Ojuawo.
In a statement signed by the Information Officer of Amotekun in Oyo State, Mrs Ayolola Adedoja, on behalf of the Chairman of the Corps, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd), the herdsmen, who stormed the state, claimed they were invited by some traditional Rulers and were able to produce evidence of the invitation.
Gen Togun said, “On December 24, some herdsmen were seen at the Opara Forest Reserve in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State. The attention of the chairman of the Amotekun corps was called to it and the Amotekun corps swung into action.
“They were able to flush the herdsmen out of the forest reserve around 2am. The Amotekun corps, with the assistance of one Prophet Ojoawo, who is the head of the hunters in the state, with 40 hunters drove out the herdsmen out of the forest reserve and they were escorted out of Saki West to the Orelope Local Government Area of Oyo State.
“The herdsmen were handed over to the Amotekun corps members at Orelope who also led them out of their territory and handed them to their members at Olorunsogo in Igbeti area. The Amotekun corps at Igbeti made sure they were escorted out of the Oyo State boundary.”
Togun noted that the herdsmen were interrogated and said one baale from the axis invited them to the state and the captured men were able to produce a letter of invitation by the village head.
He said, “Also, another set of the herdsmen were sighted at OYSADEP Forest Reserves. They too produced evidence of invitation by one of the Oyo Obas and they too were also driven out of the forest and of the state boundary.”
Togun said, although the expectation of the public about Amotekun was high, they should be patient as the results of the security outfit would not be sudden.
The Amotekun boss further noted that the security outfit was open to criticism, adding that such criticism would not discourage the corps from its duty of protecting lives and property in the state.