10 Escape As Amotekun Intercepts Over 150 Northerners From Zamfara
Information reaching Ibom Focus says that 10 Escape As Amotekun Intercepts Over 150 Northerners From Zamfara
The Amotekun corps in Oyo State, yesterday, intercepted a truck carrying about 150 northerners travelling from Zamfara State in Ibadan.
Vanguard gathered that the travellers, who were arrested in Bodija market and detained near the axis, were travelling from Zamfara en route Ogere, in Ogun State.
It also gathered that 10 of the northerners took to their heels when they saw the Amotekun personnel.
Some residents around Bodija market area had notified Amotekun of their suspicion on sighting the truck loaded with bags of onions, beans, potatoes, motorcycles with northern travellers comprising men, women, youths and children stuffed in between.
The truck was, subsequently, moved to the office of Amotekun at Dandaru in Ibadan, where the travellers were interrogated while items in the truck were offloaded and the truck searched.
Upon interrogation at the Amotekun office, driver of the truck, with number plate, Abuja BWR 143 XD, Abdullahi Aliu, said he was conveying the items and travellers to Ogere, Ogun State, and only offloaded some items at Bodija market.
Asked why he was conveying such huge number, Aliu said he assisted some of them on the journey because they did not have transport fare.
Operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the police were on hand to search and interrogate the travellers.
After search and interrogation, security agencies said no incriminating item was found on the travellers and in the truck.
The security agencies, subsequently, resolved to escort the travellers to the Ogun State border for them to continue their journey to Ogere, after their destination had been confirmed.
Oyo govt reacts
Contacted, Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Arewa, Ahmed Muritala, who was present at the Amotekun office, lampooned the truck driver for conveying such a huge number at a time the country faced security challenges.
Muritala said he had called the owner of the vehicle to be wary of conveying such huge number of people from the north at such a time.