Amotekun Intercepts 168 Suspected Invaders Hiding Under Cows In Ondo
The Ondo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun, has intercepted another 168 people traveling from the north to the state.
It was reported that the travelers, who are Northerners and 40 motorcycles, hid beneath cows hauled in two trucks and were intercepted in Akure, the state capital.
This came barely three days after the corps arrested 151 suspected invaders with charms concealed inside bags of rice at the Sango area along the Akure-Ado Expressway.
Confirming the arrest, the state Commander of Amotekun, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, said the suspects were also arrested with dangerous charms and other dangerous weapons.
Adeleye said that they were stopped near Itaogbolu-Iju in the State’s Akure North Local Government Area after an Amotekun squad became suspicious of their activity.
He added that despite their claims that they were picked up in groups along the road and had no destination, the investigation had shown that they were traveling from the States of Jigawa and Kano.
He said, “After the profiling of the earlier ones, majority of them that did not have any case to answer, we saw them off back to where they came from, but the influx of invaders still continues.
“On Sunday, our stop and search team saw these two trucks; they told them that they were on their way to Ondo State with cows. After careful examination, we found out that they carefully concealed about 40 motorcycles with 168 people lying down beneath the motorcycles.
“The upper floor has cows, the middle has motorcycles wrapped and dismantled and on the lower floor, we have 168 people lying down, such that if you are not careful, you won’t observe it.
“So, we questioned where they were going and why they packed themselves and why they were avoiding people and they said they were coming to Ondo State. Upon interrogation, none of them have the address of where they were going; nobody invited them and we are becoming curious about these invasions. I call it invasion because you see over 100 able-bodied men concealing themselves under animals. It shows they are up to negative motives
As a Nigerian, regardless of the geopolitical zone, you have the right to lawfully go to any part of the country, but it is the unlawful part we are contesting. When you now move in a suspicious way, that would amount to criminality, that is where it puts you to question.”.
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