Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network (Amotekun Corps), General Ajibola Kunle Togun (rtd), has warned the Southwest against complacency in the new year, saying foreign Fulani herdsmen have hatched a “calculated plan for the invasion of Yoruba land”.
Disclosing this in an interview published by Saturday Sun, Togun, who is a former Director of the Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), added that the alleged planned invasion was not for religious motives as being claimed in some quarters but for “territorial expansion”.
He recalled an incident of kidnapping around the Old Oyo Game Reserve at Sooro village in Kishi town, Irepo Local Government Area of the state.
Togun said, “Now, the incident in Kisi was not the first time. About two years ago in that same old Oyo park, people were kidnapped, ransom taken, and these particular sets of people were WAEC officials.
“They took ransom, got money from them. But, I contacted some security agencies, in fact, it was the civil defense that took off from here in Ibadan at that time, got to that place in conjunction with my vigilante, they cleared that place. They arrested some of those kidnappers and even found some of the ransom money on some of them, it was confirmed that these people were not Nigerians.
I had alerted people that these Fulani herdsmen, they have covered the entire 10 local government areas of Oke Ogun and the three local government of Ibarapa. So, the threat has always been there. I’ve given series of lectures about these threats – to Oke-Ogun Elders’ Forum, Yoruba Council of Elders, so many people have invited me to give a lecture and I pointedly stated, that the intention of these Fulani herdsmen is to overrun us and it’s for territorial expansion. People are claiming it’s for religious motives, it’s not religious motives, it is for territorial expansion.”
He said that the foreigners were able to infiltrate the areas because of a lack of security consciousness in Nigeria.
“All these things are happening and people have forgotten and are not aware that security is everybody’s business,” Togun stated.