Bandits in Ogbomoso forest: We’re monitoring the situation – Security agents
Security agents have informed that they had combed a forest reserve in Ogbomoso area in Surulere local government area of Oyo state rumoured to be harbouring bandits but that they found no traces of such.
Few days ago a WhatsApp message began to circulate that some suspicious men are being dropped by an aircraft at a forest reserve in Ogbomoso area specifically at Odanbon area in Surulere local government area.
The forest reserve, which borders three local governments i.e. Surulere, Ogo-Oluwa and Ogbomoso South, is said to be occupied by the suspicious men whom many believed are bandits or Fulani herdsmen encamping to launch nefarious activities in the zone.
The message further states that the men looked like Republic of Niger nationals, with a strident call that people should be watchful.
The (unsigned) message written in Yoruba and titled, “There is trouble in Longe’s farm, let’s be on alert,” and also received by ogbomosoinsightonline.com, translated, reads in full,
“A news item is circulating that fully armed men are camping in a forest reserve in this area (The forest borders three local governments, which are Ogo-Oluwa, Surulere and Ogbomoso South) in Oyo state.
“Moreover, these armed men are increasing in number everyday in the said forest, and they are wearing army uniform but they look more like mercenaries from the Republic of Niger. They are being dropped by helicopters, which also supply them food items, weapons and other items.
“They were discovered by a honey seeker but they warned him never to venture into that part of the forest again.
“They indeed told.him they were there for mining.for they are always in army uniform.
“It is advisable the security agents take prompt action before the forest becomes a big camp for terrorists or kidnappers as is the case elsewhere in this country. Delay is dangerous.”
The unanimous message further pinpointed Odanbon village, which is proposed to host a police secondary school, as the nearest location to the forest.
When ogbomosoinsightonline.com got wind of the information men of the Operation Burst and Amotekun were contacted and they confirmed they heard about it promising to look into it.
This morning however, sources at the Amotekun Corps office in Ogbomoso South said a combined team of Amotekun and Operation Burst operatives stormed the said forest yesterday searching for the men but that they found no camp or movement.
This also is the information relayed by a source at the command office of Operation Burst.
“Yes, we heard about it and we promptly went to comb the forest but we did not see anything. However, surveillance of the area will be sustained,” the source informed.
Meanwhile, ogbomosoinsightonline.com reported few months ago that the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, would embark on airborne geophysical survey activity in 19 states of the federation, which would cover 112 local government areas in order to determine accurate mineral locations using modern-day aeromagnetic mechanism.
It was also reported that states like Kwara, Ekiti, Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ogun and Ebonyi, Enugu, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Koduna, Niger, Kogi, Taraba, Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa, Bauch and the FCT, would be covered in the exercise.
The Ministry of Mines and Steel consequently urged the residents of the states not to panic when they began to see the aircrafts, which would fly at low altitude
In parts of Ogbomoso about two weeks ago, aircrafts hovered at low altitude circling in the areas which many believed was in connection with the mineral surveying exercise.
Some hypersensitive people are however now linking the allegedpresence of bandits in Odanbon area said to be dropped by some copters and being supplied by same, with these low flying aircrafts believably on locating minerals resources in the zone.
Meanwhile, ogbomosoinsightonline.com tried to reach out to the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development through a mobile line put in the statement announcing the survey exercise earlier to the public for inquiries but the number consistently answered switched off.
The Olodanbon of Odanbon, Oba Gbadebo Adepoju Idogbe Akintade I,also could not be reached for his comment on the veracity or otherwise of the presence of suspected bandits in his vicinity. His mobile line also was switched off
In the meantime, the combined team of security operatives, it is learnt, would continue its monitoring operation of the forest.