JUST IN: Relax, we found no bandits in your forest – Security agents assure Ogbomoso residents
For the second day running security agents have combed the Ogbomoso forest bordering the three local governments of Ogbomoso South, Surulere and Ogo-Oluwa, at Odanbon/Ayegun Yemetu axis, which is rumoured to be harbouring scores of bandits, but from the outcome of the search so far, the claim appears untrue.
Today, a combined force of security agencies comprising Operation Burst, Amotekun Corps, police (from Opete Division) and the Police Monitoring team (a special unit of the Nigerian police, which succeeded the Special Anti Robbery Squad, SARS), which returned from the search this evening, has revealed that the alarm might after all be a hoax, as no trace of anyone suspicious was found in the extensive forest.
The team, which also included members of the Ogbomoso Community Youth Forum, OCYF, led by their president, Rev’d Peter Olaleye, assured there was no cause for alarm as far as infiltration by bandits is concerned.
Rev’d Olaleye told ogbomosoinsightonline.com that most of the forest was combed through but that the place was calm.
“The team searched most nooks and crannies of the forest, we climbed the numerous mountains there, forded the rivers, searched the valleys but there were no traces of any congregation of bandits.”
He disclosed that security agents which took off independently all met in the forest during the operation saying they numbered about eighty men in total all fully armed.
The leader of the youth group that has made many interventions in Ogbomoso to foster communal harmony and progress as well as constituting itself into a pressure group when needed further informed that some members of the communities visited led the team to a mountain, where they said an helicopter used to land.
Olaleye commended the security agents for their quick response revealing that his group prodded the Police Monitoring team to go with his members for an on-the-spot assessment following the no-bandit report of the Amotekun Corps/Operation Burst yesterday, only to meet the other agencies carrying out similar assignment again, “this is commendable,” he noted.
Olaleye said the Operation Burst/Amotekun men were led by the Oyo state’s Operation Officer, one Banire, adding that team came in about twelve vehicles.
“We came across each other at different locations in the vast forest, we first came across the DPO Opete Police Division and his men combing the bush on motorcycles, and we combined forces with them. But soon we bumped into the Amotekun Corps/Operation Burst team, which had the largest contingent. Notes were compared and operational strategies formulated and so the search was more strategically prosecuted. Men of the Department of State Security, DSS, also need to be commended for their undercover role. It is indeed inspiring,” he stated.
Continuing he stressed there “is no trace of any bandits or anyone suspicious, the forest was calm perhaps the helicopter seen by the villagers several times was (or were) the one (s) that undertook the mineral resources surveying exercise by the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development,” which was reported earlier by ogbomosoinsightonline.com