Foreign herdsmen in South-West forests likely to launch attacks – Amotekun

Olufemi Olaniyi

3 June 2021

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The Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network, aka Amotekun, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd), on Wednesday advised residents of South-West states to be vigilant because of the presence of foreign Fulani herdsmen in forests in the region.

Togun, who was a director at the Directorate of Military Intelligence, said the foreigners might unleash terror on the region.

He noted that the Fulani, who were mainly from Mali, Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Faso, had been residing in the forests for some years.

The Amotekun boss said this on Wednesday while speaking at an annual lecture organised by the students of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan.

He spoke on the theme, “Security challenge: Holistic approach and the significance of regional security dimensions.”

Togun said, “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, Bourkina 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.

“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.”

The Amotekun boss advised people in the six states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States to be security conscious.

 Toogun said the commercial motorcyclists, who had infiltrated the region, were foot soldiers sent to study the topography of the region.

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