The police and Amotekun Corps in Ekiti and Osun states have said they will intensify efforts at combing the bushes and forests in the state to ensure the rural areas, as well as the cities, are free of killer herdsmen and other criminals.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Sunday Abutu, said, “The issue of combing the forests has been on for a long time by the operatives of the command. Our men have been combing the bushes and forests and it will continue.
“There have been successes, a lot of breakthroughs. We hope that more will come. We have been able to dislodge some criminals from their hideouts and most of them are on the run and we keep chasing them in a bid to ensure the state is safe.”
Meanwhile, the Special Adviser to Ekiti State Governor on Security Matters, Brig.-Gen. Ebenezer Ogundana, said operatives of Amotekun and other security agencies were watching the state borders.
Ogundana said, “We have our own contingency plan. We have an additional outfit, Operation Flush, which sees to what is happening in the forests and the highways.
“We don’t have killer herdsmen or arms-bearing herders in our forests for now. We are going round all our forests. Anybody that knows where they are in the forests should alert us. We have not got any call from anywhere.”
The Commander, Ekiti Amotekun Corps, Brig.-Gen. Joe Komolafe, who corroborated him, said operatives of the security agency were working round to ensure the forests and other parts of the state are consistently free of killers.
Meanwhile, the Osun State Government said it deployed security operatives to rid the state of criminal elements using the forests as a cover to perpetrate crimes.
The Field Commandant, Osun Amotekun Corps, Brig.-Gen. Bashir Adewinbi (retd), in an interview with Sunday PUNCH, noted that though the officers were not after a particular tribe, Amotekun operatives alongside men of the Joint Task Force had been deployed to the forests along Osun/Ekiti and Osun/Ondo borders.