Commercial motorcyclists from neighbouring West African countries serve as spies to kidnappers, bandits – Amotekun Chairman

The Chairman of South-Western Security Network (SWSN) operation ‘Amotekun’ in Oyo state, Brig.-Gen.  Kunle Togun (retd)  on Monday  alerted that commercial motorcyclists from other  West African countries  are now spying for kidnappers and bandits that sneaked into Yorubaland .

Togun  who raised the alarm in Ibadan while speaking with journalists declared that the foreigners were ferried inside trailers into Oyo state and other states during the COVID -19 lockdown could not speak any Nigeria language but French whenever accosted by his men.

He said that it was unfortunate that Nigerians are the most security unconscious people in the world considering the influx of none Nigerians into the country through our porous borders

“Most of them that were dumped here by trailers during the COVID -19 lockdown have turned to Okada riders, many are carrying wheelbarrows all over the place, selling carrots, orange and the rest, the Okada riders are the spies”, he said

Togun added,  ” we have noted that and we are working on government policy that will curtail the use of these people to foment crisis in Oyo State and the Yorubaland as a whole.”

Speaking further, the Amotekun Chairman blamed some traditional and Community leaders in the state for the high rate of insecurity in their areas, saying , the warning from Gov Makinde  to traditional chiefs to stop allocating lands to herdsmen with no papers showing Nigerian nationality would go a long way to stem the spate of killing and kidnapping in Yorubaland.

He said the greedy nature of some traditional and community leaders in many Yoruba towns led to high rate of insecurity, which he said Amotekun has been curbing, adding, “before Amotekun was established, the problem of Yorubaland since the invasion of the land by these herdsmen has been our traditional chiefs and leaders in Yorubaland, they take money, cows and cars from these people, and allow them to settle and wreak havoc in their domains”

” I have attended meetings of Obas in Oke-Ogun and I told them to stop giving lands to foreigners, these herdsmen are called Bororos in Oke-Ogun and Ibarapa areas, they are not Nigerians, what is happening should not be analysed in the area of religion, it is territorial expansion”.

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