Operatives of the Ondo State Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corps have intercepted two trucks conveying 151 persons to some states in the southwest.
The suspects including five women who hid between bags of beans and rice inside the trucks, were intercepted around Sango, Akure/Ado road during a stop and search operation at about 6:30 a.m on Thursday, August 5, 2022.
Dangerous charms and photographs of combat drills were discovered on the suspects after a thorough search.
It was gathered that the corps acted based on intelligence reports that terrorists were making inroads into Southwest States.
The State Commander of Amotekun, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, who confirmed the development, explained that the vehicles conveying the suspects were intercepted following an intelligence report.
According to him, the trailers’ drivers conveying them disclosed that the suspects were coming from Kastina, Kano and Jigawa states and were heading to the South West states.
“We intercepted two trucks conveying 151 people who were cleverly concealed behind bags of rice and beans in a way that one may not know that this number of people were tucked in the trucks," he said.
"Upon interception, we asked of their destinations. Some said Akure, while others said Osogbo in Osun State. Although, we have not completed profiling them, as none of them has an idea of what they were going to do or their mission. All they were able to tell us is that they entered the vehicle and came to Ondo State
"While searching the vehicles, we saw 10 bikes and various dangerous charms. If we check and we do not find anything on them, as long as they don’t have anybody that is ready to take custody of them in Ondo state, we will send them back to their various states
"Some of them claimed they are from Katsina, Kano and Jigawa states, but on how they came together, they said they couldn’t figure it out, but that they were conveyed on the truck down to Akure in Ondo State.This, however, is not a good sign, following the security warning in the South West states
"While respecting their rights as Nigerians, yet, we are not sure of what they are here for, we still feel that while travelling, anyone should have a mission and destination at where he or she is going to." Adeleye added.