Forty-seven Fulani men, armed with guns and other weapons, have been arrested in Igangan, Oyo State, by men of Operation Burst, a joint security team of soldiers and policemen.
Punch reports that the suspects were arrested in the early hours of Sunday by the Ofiki River along the Tapa/Igangan Road in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.
Sources told our correspondent that the Fulani were allegedly invited to strike by their kin following the raid carried out by the men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency otherwise known as Operation Amotekun in the area on Saturday.
Amotekun said it raided the hideouts of kidnappers in the area on Saturday, leading to three persons’ death, while one of its men was also injured. The security outfit said the raid was carried out in collaboration with Miyetti Allah vigilantes, hunters and others.
When contacted about the arrest, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, confirmed the arrest to our correspondent.
He stated that the Fulani men, however, did not leave the area after the raid was carried out, adding that the hasty decision of Amotekun caused a rift between the agency and the Fulani men.
He added that the arrested persons even invaded the settlement of the Seriki and the residents invited the Operation Burst and police officers, who came and arrested them.
Umoru said, “We are now at the SCID in Iyaganku, Ibadan. Forty-six Fulani men, who were arrested, are here also with one of the commanders of Amotekun.
“The arrested Fulani men said they are vigilantes.”
Recall that controversies have been trailing the Amotekun raid on the hideouts. While Olayanju said his men raided kidnappers’ hideouts, Umoru said the claims were not correct.
The Director-General, Operation Burst, Col Oladipo Ajibola (retd.), also confirmed the arrest.
He said, “Forty-six were arrested, and they have been handed over to the police.”