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Foreign Fulani herdsmen occupy South-West forests, planning to launch attacks and take over Yoruba land- Amotekun

Amotekun, South-West Security Outfit

The Chairman of the Oyo State Security Network (Amotekun), Gen. Kunle Togun (rtd), on Wednesday revealed that foreign Fulani herdsmen had occupied the forests in the region.

According to Gen. Togun, the foreign herdsmen might unleash terror on the region at anytime.

He noted that the Fulani herdmens who are mainly from Mali, Niger Republic, Chad and Burkina Faso, had been residing in the forests for some years.

Togun spoke on Wednesday at an annual lecture organised by the students of the Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan.

Speaking on the theme, “Security challenge: Holistic approach and the significance of regional security dimensions,” the general said; “The people who are supposed to administer Nigeria to move forward are biased in the aspect of religion. The Fulani that I grew up to know were the native Fulani.

“But these ones causing problems are non-Nigerians. They are from FutaJallon, Mali, Bourkina Faso, Chad, Niger Republic. Some of these people were Tuaregs, who used to ambush traders in the olden days and robbed them of their money and property.

“These foreign Fulani, somebody has told them that Allah has given Nigeria to them as their heritage and they are coming here to come and take what Allah has given them.”

He further noted that the commercial motorcyclists who had infiltrated the region were foot soldiers sent to study the topography of the Yoruba region.

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