At joint operations with the Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) and Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), the Oyo State Amotekun corps today arrested and handed over to the police a gang of six suspected Fulani bandits.
They were rounded up on highways in Oke-Ogun axis of the state.
Relying on a statement signed by the Commandant of Amotekun, Colonel Olayinka Olayanju (retd), the arrest was made at Kajola Local Government of Oyo State during a joint routine patrol of the law enforcement operatives along two separate routes within the area.
“They were arrested in separate incidents following encounters at two illegally mounted road blocks. They tried to escape from the scenes but were given a hot pursuit by the operatives as they tried to evade arrest. We are still on the trail of others who managed to escape from the scene.
“The bandits namely Awali Atine, Ibrahim Abu, Shuaib Balau, Ibrahim Musa, Abdullah Masika and Umar Aliu Masika (All 6 arrested were of Bororo Fulani ethnic group) were arrested along Okeho-Ilua and Okeho – Iseyin Road at about 4am on Thursday, 29 April 2021,” the statement revealed.
It added that the suspects, who were herdsmen in the day and alleged robbery gang at night, were caught with 183 cows, weapons and a total sum of N268, 470.00.
“They have been handed over to the Nigeria Police Authority Okeho Divisional Headquarters alongside the 183 herds, weapons and money found in their possession for further investigation.
“Those with necessary information that could help law enforcement agencies in their investigation, are please enjoined to cooperate n report to the nearest police authority for proper investigation,” Olayanju appealed.