The Amotekun security outfit in Oyo State on Saturday morning drove out two groups of herdsmen from two forest reserves in the state.
The Chairman of Amotekun in Oyo State, Gen Kunle Togun, in a statement on Saturday signed by the Media Officer of the security outfit Mrs. Ayolola Adedoja said the operation was carried out with the aid of some hunters at the Opara Forest Reserve in the Oke Ogun area of the state.
He said,” On the 24th of December some herdsmen were seen at the Opara Forest Reserve in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State. The attention of the chairman of Amotekun Corps, Gen Kunle Togun was drawn to it and Amotekun corps swung into action.
” The Amotekun corps with the assistance of one Prophet Ojoawo, who is the head of the hunters in the state with 40 hunters drove out the herdsmen out of the forest reserve around 2am and they were escorted out of the Saki West to the Orelope Local Government Area of the Oyo State.
“The herdsmen were handed over to the Amotekun corps members at the Orelope who also led them out of their territory and handed them to their members at Olorunsogo in Igbeti area. Amotekun corps at Igbeti made sure they were escorted out of the Oyo State boundary.”
Mr. Togun said the herdsmen were interrogated and they said one ‘Baale'(village head) in the area invited them to the state and proved this by showing a letter of invitation purportedly written by the ‘Baale.’
“Also, another set of the herdsmen were sighted at OYSADEP Forest Reserves. They too produced evidence of invitation by one of the Oyo Obas and they too were also driven out of the forest and of the state boundary.”
It was not clear to Patmos Correspondent whether the unnamed Baale and the Oba has been reported to the state government and whether they will be prosecuted for writing letters to invite the Herdsmen without permission from their respective local governments.