Okada riders in Oyo spying for bandits, kidnappers ― Amotekun boss

The Chairman, Oyo State Security Network Agency (Amotekun corps) in Oyo State, General Kunle Togun (rtd), has said several commercial motorcyclists in the state are spies for kidnappers and bandits and other criminals that dwell in Yoruba land.

Togun said the kidnappers and bandits were ferried inside trailers into Oyo State among other states during the COVID-19 lockdown.

According to the Amotekun boss, most of those entrants were discovered not able to speak any Nigeria language but French.

Togun was quoted as stating these in a statement by Oyo state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun.

Olatunbosun decried the some traditional and community leaders in many Yoruba towns were also making Yoruba land vulnerable by allocating lands to new entrants without proper investigation, scrutiny.

Togun noted that the warning issued by the state governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, asking traditional chiefs to stop allocating lands to herdsmen with no papers showing Nigerian nationality would go a long way to stem the spate of killings and kidnapping in Yorubaland.

“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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“Their leaders argue about the ECOWAS Free Movement law, but the one I am aware of is that anybody from ECOWAS country can go into another ECOWAS country without a visa but you cannot stay there for more than ninety days at a stretch. Some of these people have been occupying our land for years and they are not Nigerians.

“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 their spies, 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.”


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