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Amotekun, Hunters Evict Herdsmen from Oyo reserves

Amotekun in collaboration with some hunters has eradicated the presence of two sets of herdmen from the vicinities Opara Forest Reserve and the Oyo State Agricultural Development Programme Forest.

Gen. Kunle Togun (rtd), Chairman of Amotekun Corps, on Saturday, stated in a report by the Information Officer of Amotekun in Oyo State, Mrs Ayolola Adedoja, said the herdsmen, who laid siege on the state, argued they were following orders of some traditional rulers.

Togun applauded the hunter group led by one Prophet Ojuawo for their assistance while requesting for extra support from the people of the state to make the corps more productive.

Adding that the security outfit will welcome critical complaints, noting that such criticism is not aimed at discouraging the corps from its duty of protecting state lives and property.

Stating, “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 2 am. 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 reported that the herdsmen were interrogated and said one baale from the area asked for their services and said they were able to generate a letter of invitation by the village head.

‌He further 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 the state boundary.”

Togun said, we know the public expects a lot from us, but they should be kind as getting results from the security outfit will happening instantly, it might take a short time.

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