Operatives of Amotekun have arrested 25 Hausa men who were reportedly travelling in a truck from Kebbi State to the South West at Ido, a town leading to the troubled Ibarapa area of Oyo State.
The state’s Commandant of Amotekun, Olayanju Olayinka, who confirmed the development to Daily Trust in Ibadan on Tuesday, said the men had been handed over to the police.
He said, “Yes, they have been handed over to police. Our duty is to arrest suspected criminals and hand them over to police.
“Oyo State Amotekun, Ido Unit, led by Gbenga Olanrewaju, arrested a truck with registration number TUR 30 ZY with 25 suspected Hausa men in possession of 25 Dane guns and 10 dogs. They have been handed over to the police for further interrogation. Police in Ido can be contacted for confirmation.”
Confirming the arrest, the Chairman of Miyyeti Allah in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Jiji, said he was aware of the arrest, but that those arrested were Hausa not Fulani.
Alhaji Jiji said, “I am aware, but they are not our people. They are Hausa who are hunting for bush meat.”
The state’s police spokesperson, Olugbenga Fadeyi, did not pick calls to his telephone and did not reply to an SMS at the time of filing this report.