The Oyo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 47 armed Fulani bandits in Igangan area of the state.
The suspected hoodlums who were caught with guns and other dangerous weapons are allegedly on a reprisal mission in the area.
They were said to be arrested in a convoy of buses.
But the Police through the Command’s Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Olugbenga Fadeyi, a Chief Superintendent said the arrested hoodlums claimed that they were trailing some kidnappers who were about to collect ransom from relations of a kidnapped victim.
He added that investigation has been intensified on the arrest, adding that the suspects have been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Iyaganku, Ibadan.
Fadeyi said “Yes, the arrested Fulani men have been transferred to SCID Iyaganku, Ibadan for discreet investigation.
“Though, it was alleged that the Fulani men claimed they were trailing some kidnappers who were about to collect ransom from relations of a kidnapped victim.
“Investigation intensified on the arrest, please.”
The OPC coordinator in Ibarapa Zone, Olanrewaju Ogedengbe, confirmed the story to The Nation explaining that the armed men were loaded in three buses.
He said, “Fourty seven of them were arrested at Ofiki River. They were caught with dane guns and after their buses were searched; sophisticated guns, bows, and arrows, charms, catapults, and bullets were also found.
“Those arrested said they were brought from Ilorin, Iseyin and other places.”
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