- Police said 47 armed criminals have been arrested in Oyo community
- The armed men were apprehended by the Operation Burst in Iganna community
- Investigations are ongoing as they have been taken to Ibadan for further questioning
In a collective effort towards tackling sundry crimes in Oyo communities, the state police command on Monday, January 11, said it arrested 47 armed Fulanis.
This was made known by the public relations officer, Olugbenga Fadeyi, in a statement, adding that the criminals were busted with dangerous weapons.
Fadeyi said the armed criminals were nabbed by men of the State Joint Anti-Crime Security Patrol (SJASP) team codenamed Operation Burst in Iganna community.
He, however, said the arrested Fulani armed men claimed they were trailing some kidnappers who wanted to collect ransom from a relation of kidnapped victims.
According to him, they have been taken to the SCID Iyaganku as the investigation continues.
“Yes, the arrested Fulani men have been transferred to SCID Iyaganku, Ibadan for discreet investigation.
"Though, it was alleged that the Fulani men claimed they were trailing some kidnappers who were about to collect ransom from relations of a kidnapped victim."
No clash between Amotekun and Miyetti Allah
Meanwhile, Olayinka Olayanju, the commandant of Operation Amotekun has denied the alleged clashes between his men and members of Miyetti Allah in Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun areas of Oyo state.
Olayanju said contrary to the alleged clashes reported by some media outfits, Amotekun and Miyetti Allah had a joint operation to tackle kidnappers in the state.
The state's security chief said his operatives raided the forests of Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun on Saturday, January 9, to rid the areas of kidnappers and other criminals.
Makinde's aides backing criminals - Amotekun
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Colonel Olayanju said some of the aides of Governor Seyi Makinde are indirectly backing hoodlums terrorising the people of Oyo state.
The Amotekun chief disclosed this on Tuesday, January 5, while speaking on a radio station, Fresh FM.
The residents of Ibadan communities have recently been living in constant fears following the increased cases of hoodlum attacks.
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