The arrest of not less than 45 Fulani youths from the Northern part of the country by men of the Ondo State Security Network, Amotekun unleashed tension on the residents of Okitipupa, the headquarters of Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.
According to reports, the youths nabbed were conveyed to Akure, the state capital in a truck after the Amotekun intercepted them in front of the Okitipupa Army Barracks at around 10pm on Thursday.
It was gathered that many residents expressed uneasiness that the Northern youths were in the town to set commotion.
A source said,
“The Amotekun corps arrested the Fulani youths who were loaded in a trailer in front of the army barracks. As the Amotekun corps accosted them, some of them jumped down from the vehicle and ran away into the town but about 45 of them were arrested.
“When they were interrogated, they said they were sent from the North to come and undergo military training in the barracks. After that, the Amotekun corps took them away from the town.”
Confirming the arrest of the Fulani youths, the State Commander of the Corps, Chief Adetunji Adeleye said that investigation into the incident has started. Adeleye said;
“We have commenced investigation into the matter,”
Also, Mr. Igbekele Akinrinwa, the Chairman of the Okitipupa Local Government who spoke to the residents who gathered claimed that it was a resident of the town who assisted the travellers flee to the town.
According to Mr. Igbekele, the indigene had been nabbed by the state Amotekun. The Chairman of the Okitipupa LGA encouraged the people of the town to exercise patience as the visitors would had been moved to Akure for further security checks and thorough investigation.