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Amotekun: Foreign Fulani herders, bandits are ready to strike

25. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who spoke during the passing out ceremony of 192 pioneer members of the Ondo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps officers) on Tuesday in Akure

Operatives of the Oyo State Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, have sounded the alert on an alleged plan by foreign Fulani herders and bandits of Tuareg extraction to invade communities in South-West.

The Oyo State Chairman of Amotekun Security Corps, General Ajibola Kunle Togun (rtd), raised the alarm on Wednesday.

Togun, who was a director at the Directorate of Military Intelligence, said the Fulani were majorly from Mali, Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Faso, adding that they had infiltrated the forests of the South-West region for years.

He spoke on Wednesday while speaking at an annual lecture organised by the students of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan.

The General had spoken on the theme, “Security Challenge: Holistic Approach and the Significance of Regional Security Dimensions.”

He accused the Federal Government of inviting the invaders when it declared that its borders were open to them, noting that he was not out to frighten people but to alert them so that they would be watchful.

According to him, “The people who are supposed to administer Nigeria to move forward are biased in the aspect of religion. The Fulani that I grew up to know were the native Fulani.

“But these ones causing problems are non-Nigerians. They are from FutaJallon, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger Republic. Some of these people were Tuaregs, who used to ambush traders in the olden days and robbed them of their money and property.

“They have their foot-soldiers among those Okada riders, pepper sellers who ply their trade in wheelbarrows. They have mastered topography in the South-West communities. This is very critical.

“There would soon be a problem in the South-West. These foreign Fulani herdsmen would soon come for the purpose of taking over Nigeria. This is because they (Fulani) have the backing of some people in government.

“These foreign Fulani, somebody has told them that Allah has given Nigeria to them as their heritage and they are coming here to come and take what Allah has given them.”

While contending that regional security had to come up because of the Federal Government’s inability to guarantee the security of Nigerians, he said: “There are enemies within. When the South-West governors wanted to establish Amotekun, some Yoruba went to Abuja and advised President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow it, saying they (governors) would use Amotekun for secession.”

He said that a police officer that is supposed to be working complementarily with Amotekun operatives, was not cooperating, alleging that the police had been unfairly dealing with Amotekun operatives in the state.

He, however, called on the residents of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo states to be security conscious, adding that the Fulani had earlier studied the region with their foot soldiers who were majorly commercial motorcyclists.

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