- The insecurity in Ondo has forced southwest security outfit Amotekun to begin the evacuation of aliens in the state
- Illegal occupants in the state's forest reserves have been forced out and escorted out of Ondo
- The leader of Amotekun in the state noted that they received an intelligence report on the influx of aliens into the state's forest reserves
A total of 137 northerners have again been evicted from the forest reserves in Ondo state by the state security outfit codenamed Amotekun.
According to the Vanguard newspaper, those evicted were occupying the Elegbeka forest reserves along Ifon-Owo road.
Explaining the reason behind the move to journalists, the state commander of Amotekun, Chief Adetunji Adeleye said that their continued occupation of the forest reserve was a security threat to Ondo.
Adeleye said that all the illegal forest occupants would be escorted out of the state to wherever they came from.
“We got an intelligence report that very many people bombarded (forests at) Elegbeka–Ifon area in the state. We moved in and questioned the majority of them and they said they were from the northern part of the country.
“We profiled them and we found out that they were conniving with some persons in Ose to be given space for settlement in the government’s forest reserve which makes them illegal occupants in the forests reserve.”
Ondo has been attacked severally by bandits who reportedly camp in the state's forests to carry out their criminal activities.
Meanwhile, a data analyst and journalist, Rotimi Sankore has taken to his Twitter page to give reasons why Nigerian governments at all levels are failing to address the mounting insecurity in the country.
According to him, Nigeria is failing to address the problems due to:
1. Bandits and extremists have plenty of recruits
2. 100 million citizens are in extreme poverty
3. 60 million citizens are unable to read or write
4. 10 million to 13 million children are out of school
5. Unemployment is at 33%
In a related development, the British Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, has described Nigeria’s security situation as massively complex, stressing that no partnership would resolve the multiplicity of the country’s problems.
Duddridge made the comments while responding to questions from journalists attached to Nigeria's ministry of foreign affairs.
The British minister had visited his Nigerian counterpart, Geoffrey Onyeama on Tuesday, April 27 to discuss matters of interest between both countries when he was accosted by the reporters.