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Operation Burst arrests 47 suspected kidnappers in Oyo

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Akin Aboluwade
As controversies continue to trail the Amotekun raid on Saturday in Igangan community, Oyo State, some armed hoodlums, suspected to be kidnappers have been arrested by men of the Operation Burst, a joint security team in the state comprising soldiers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp.
The security outfit said the raid was carried out in collaboration with Miyetti Allah Vigilante, hunters, and others.
This came as the Amotekun Commandant, Col Olayinka Olayanju (retd.) and the son of Seriki Fulani, Umoru Salisu, argued over a raid carried out by the Amotekun Corps on suspected hoodlums in Igangan axis on Saturday with the Salisu insisting that the claims of Amotekun isn’t true.
The kidnappers, suspected to be Fulanis, were reportedly arrested in the early hours of Sunday at Ofiki River, along Tapa/Igangan road in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state by the Operation Burst following the raid on Saturday by the Amotekun.
It was learnt that the arrested armed Fulani men were invited by their kinsmen in the area in reaction to the earlier raid by the men of the Amotekun on Saturday.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, promised to get back to The Street Journal but was yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.
The OPC coordinator in Ibarapa Zone, Olanrewaju Ogedengbe, when contacted said the armed men were loaded in three buses.
He said, “47 of them were arrested at Ofiki River by Operation Burst. They were caught with Dane guns and after their buses were searched; sophisticated guns, bows, and arrows, charms, catapults, and bullets were also found.
“I heard that security men have come to arrest the Seriki Fulani. He was arrested this morning. Those arrested said they were brought from Ilorin, Iseyin, and other places. They wore VGN uniforms (Vigilante Group of Nigeria).”

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