Police clear 80 Fulani herdsmen intercepted by Amotekum in Oyo
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
The Oyo State Police Command, on Tuesday, said that it has cleared eighty (80) Fulani herdsmen who were intercepted by men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekum.
Press that a DAF truck, with registration number Bauchi KTG 220 ZZ, conveying about 80 passengers of Fulani extraction, were noticed and intercepted by Amotekun operatives and Operation Burst operatives.
The 80 persons were intercepted at Iwo Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, on Sunday, at about 5 p.m, Press gathered.
The passengers, with 25 cows and 13 motorcycles, were driven by one Auwalu Mustapha.
The occupants of the truck were driven off to Agodi police station in Ibadan for interrogation.
During interrogation, the Fulani had told the police that they were from Kano State.
They said that they were on their way to Ogun and Lagos States for commercial motorcycle riding and cattle sales, respectively.
Sources told Press that the 80 of them were thereafter escorted by police patrol team to the defunct toll gate at Ibadan along the Lagos/Ibadan expressway.
Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi confirmed the incident to Press on Tuesday.
Fadeyi told Press that the Amotekum arrested the herdsmen but, Police freed them because nothing criminating was found on them.
He said, “they are about 80 Fulani. Some of your people have called me. What I told them is that those people were arrested by Amotekum.
“But, we profiled them and discovered that they were not armed. They said that they were going to Lagos.
“The police freed them. We released them because they did not have any weapons with them.”
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