The Oyo State Security Network said it had seized eight sacks containing dangerous weapons, including amulets and charms from bandits and kidnappers in the forests across in the state.
The Chairman of Amotekun Corps in Oyo State, Gen. Kunle Togun (retd.), made this disclosure while speaking with journalists in Ibadan on Tuesday.
Togun explained that the security outfit recorded success in the operation because of the collaboration of the hunters who he said had a good knowledge of the terrain in the forests.
He stated that the team was able to disarm the foreign bandits, who he said were armed with guns, poisoned arrows, poisoned cutlass, knives and dangerous amulets.
He hailed the security outfit which he said had made remarkable success in ridding the forests in the state of bandits and kidnappers in the recent raids conducted within the axis that were hitherto notorious for banditry and kidnapping.
He said, “We arrested the bandits and disarmed them through the support that we got from the Oyo State chapter of the Hunter’s Association of Nigeria.
“The hunters know the terrain and have the spiritual power to disarm these foreign bandits. That was why we sought their collaboration.
“As I am talking to you, we have a seizure of about eight sacks filled with poisoned cutlasses, arrows, daggers and amulets, which were to be used for the dangerous operations.
“We will not relent in our efforts in flushing out these criminal-minded foreigners. If they cannot peacefully contribute to the development of Nigeria’s economy, they have the liberty to relocate to their countries or any other country that allows their recklessness.”
The retired army general had recently expressed the readiness of the Corps in tackling the growing problem of insecurity in the state through the instrumentality of Amotekun.
“When the governor appointed me as the Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, he told me that he wants farmers in Oyo State to go to their farms, plant their seeds, return home and rest assured that nobody is going to graze on their farmlands.
“He ( governor) wants traders in Oyo State to carry out their trading and take the proceeds to the bank with the assurance that nobody would waylay them on the way. He said he wants security stability in Oyo State so that foreign investors can come and invest in the state. In fact, he said he wants residents in Oyo State to sleep with their two eyes closed. That is what we are out to achieve.
“The percentage of policemen per population is very low. Police in the United Kingdom, United States of America and other countries of the world are efficient because the civil populace give them information. That is why it is said that security is everybody’s business,” he added.