Amotekun in dialogue with Miyetti Allah over influx of herders into Osun

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Osun State Security Network code-named Amotekun has begun meetings with the of Miyetti Allah.

A socio-cultural group, Kiriji Heritage Defenders, yesterday expressed worry over influx of herdsmen into the state.

It said herdsmen are gradually penetrating Osun territory from Kwara State through Odo Otin Local Government.

A statement by spokesman, Dr. Ademola Ekundayo, said: “It is worrisome that herdsmen are moving into Osun State through Odo-Otin Council. These herdsmen are believed to have been displaced in neighbouring states. They are moving around with a large number of cattle and are constituting security threat to residents. We also have intelligence that some of the herdsmen were seen around Owode-Ede last week.”

He said group suspected that the herdsmen were responsible for the kidnapping that occurred at Osu, and urged the government and security agencies to act on the intelligence before it is too late.

Ekundayo enjoined residents to assist security apparatus to ensure peace, noting that the group was working with other freedom fighters across Yoruba land, including Kogi and Kwara states, to beef up security in the Southwest.

state Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Gen. Bashir Adewinbi, speaking about the influx of the herders into the state, said the House of Assembly had set up a committee to ensure peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and farmers.

He said Amotekun is meeting regularly with leadership of the herders to foster peace and stability.