People of the South- West region are now living in fear as the bandits who are fleeing the Northern part of the country in their hundreds reportedly target the region.
According to the PUNCH, the plan of the bandits was revealed by the Amotekun corps in different states of the region.
While speaking to the newsmen, the Corps Commander, Amotekun Corps, Ekiti State, Brig- Gen Joe Komolafe (retd. ), pleaded with the people to alert the operation whenever they see new faces in their environment.
He added that the corps is trying to monitor the routes and entry points to the state.
His words, ” We have always envisaged that when dislodged, they will want to move to other states; that is why each time we come out, we talk to the citizens to report strange faces to us.
” We try as much as possible to monitor the routes and entry points; we know that the criminals may not come by road or through the main routes to enter the state; it is in view of that that we always tell our people to report strange faces to us.
” We patrol the forests; we have people on the farms, who will tell us when they see strange faces on the farms or bushes. We try to plead with the people to give us necessary information about strange faces and unusual movements.
” Also, we have perfect working relationships with Amotekun in the neighbouring states as well all security agencies in the state. ”
In the same vein, Col Olayinka Olayanju ( retd), the Director- General, Amotekun Corps, Oyo State, said his men are on the lookout for the bandits especially at the boundary between Oyo and Kwara State.
He said, ” We knew that and our men are already on the lookout for the bandits, other criminals, and strange faces, especially at our boundaries.
” We are at alert and our men are carrying out operations regarding this at Irepo, which is the boundary of Oyo and Kwara states, to make sure that the bandits do not relocate to our state.
” They will be stopped. Our men will pick them up. We won’ t allow criminals to relocate here. “