Some Fulani herders all the way from Kebbi state have been arrested while entering Oyo state.
The herdsmen caught in Oyo state
At least 13 Fulani herdsmen have been apprehended while trying to enter Oyo state inside a truck.
According to DailyPost, the men were intercepted by the Oyo State Security Network also known as Amotekun.
They were arrested in possession of guns.
The suspects when arrested, claimed to be Fulani hunters from Kebbi State.
DAILY POST gathered that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday along Ido/ Eruwa Road in Ibadan, the state capital.
The road is the major way that leads to Ibarapa geopolitical area which has been engulfed with series of killings, kidnappings and attacks of innocent citizens by suspected gunmen.
The suspects who have been handed over to the state Police command were in possession of items like dane guns and big dogs.
DAILY POST gathered on Wednesday that the suspects were intercepted in a truck with registration number TUR 30 ZY Kebbi.
They were arrested by a team of Amotekun operatives led by Gbenga Olanrewaju who were on routine patrol.
Amotekun Commandant in Oyo state, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (rtd.) confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
Olayanju added that the suspects have been handed over to the police for further interrogation.
Public Relations Officer of the state Police command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the arrest of the suspects to DAILY POST on Wednesday.
Fadeyi who said that investigation has commenced on the matter, added that the suspects claimed to be hunters from Kebbi.
“Arrest of armed men from Kebbi along Ido / Eruwa Road. On 25/01/2021 at about 1440 hrs, a caster truck was intercepted along Ido/ Eruwa Road by personnel of Ido Division having occupants of 13 men, 45 big dogs and 19 dane guns, bags of cassava flour (garri) and other things for up keep.
“They claimed to be hunters from Kebbi State going to Ilaju/Eruwa areas for annual hunting expedition.
“Also, hunters I.D. cards were found with them. The command is carrying out a thorough investigation into the matter to ascertain and verify their claims, pls.”