Amotekun Raises Alarm, Says Foreign Herdsmen Have Invaded Southwest Forests, Likely to Launch Attacks
- Amotekun chairman in Oyo state, Kunle Togun, said the forests in the southwest region have been saturated by foreign Fulani herdsmen
- Togun warned residents in the region to be security conscious, saying the herdsmen may launch attacks
- The retired general noted that the herdsmen causing mayhem in the country are not Nigerians but the foreign ones from Mali and other African countries
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Ibadan, Oyo state - Gen. Kunle Togun (retd), the chairman of the Oyo State Security Network, aka Amotekun, has advised residents in the six southwest states to be vigilant, noting that foreign Fulani herdsmen are present in forests in the region.
Togun said on Wednesday, June 2, that the foreigners might launch attacks on the region, The Punch reported.
Legit.ng gathers that the Amotekun boss made this known while speaking at an annual lecture organised by the students of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan.
He noted that the Fulani, who were mainly from Mali, Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Faso, had been residing in the forests for some years.
Togun said the Fulani herdsmen causing security crisis the country are not Nigerians.
The Amotekun boss claimed that the commercial motorcyclists who had infiltrated the region were foot soldiers sent by the foreign herdsmen to study the topography of the region.
He said the foreign herdsmen believed God has given them Nigeria, especially, the southwest, as their inheritance.
The Nation reported that Togun said Amotekun cannot address the crisis alone and urged members of the public to help with credible information.
He also advised the federal government to provide support for the regional security outfits in the country.
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In another report, Prof. Banji Akintoye has alleged, in a letter to state governors in the southwest, that the entire region has already been surrounded by terrorists.
Akintoye, who is the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body for Yoruba self-determination groups, said it is necessary for the governors to do something to safeguard the lives and properties of the people.
According to him, the terrorists were ready to strike any moment from now.