Ondo ‘deports’ 42 Northerners after tagging them ‘security risk’

The Ondo State government has said that 42 persons from Kano and Jigawa states, whose mission to the state is not clear to the government, would be returned to their states of origin.

The Commander of the Amotekun Corps, Adetunji Adeleye, who paraded them in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said the visitors claimed they came for a private firm security training, noting that the explanation was not satisfactory to the state government.

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The visiting men and women were first sighted in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo state on Thursday. It was later discovered that the persons were brought to the town for employment by a non-profit organisation.

He stated that their sponsors claimed that they were brought to the state for training after which they would be deployed as security officials.

“The mission that they claimed they came for, we found out that it was not too clear and upon profiling, we found out that majority of them do not know how they got to where they got to; all they were told was that they were going for training.

“From detailed investigation, we were able to narrow it down to the sponsors and they also claimed to belong to an NGO. Right now, we look at them as a security risk to the state,” said the Amotekun boss.

He added, “The way it was portrayed, it was as if some militants or hoodlums have taken over (Okitipupa). For the good people of Okitipupa Local Government, we want to assure them that we are firmly on the ground in conjunction with other security agencies.

“There is no problem, and people should go about their businesses normally. We are not leaving anything untouched.”

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