THE Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, put the Nigerian Army on red alert over the regrouping of people suspected to be militants in some parts of the state.
Amosun recalled the activities of the militants who sacked some communities in Ogijo border town, which led to the death of innocent ones and destruction of property,last June.
He said this while receiving the General Officer Commanding of 81 Division of Nigerian Army, Major General Ebenezer Oyefolu, at the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, where he gave the information that the militants according to security reports at his disposal are now regrouping at Ogere and Ijebu-Ode areas of the state.
The governor said that the state would not be a safe haven for the militants, urging the Army to work on the piece of information provided by his government to flush the hoodlums away.
He appreciated the effort of the military in confronting the activities of Boko Haram in the Notth Eastern part of the country.
He said, “Everybody would agree that we are winning the war, people are returning back home. The areas under the control of Boko Haram are now free and people are going back home.
“In Ogun State, not too long ago, we had this issues with these criminals, I don’t call them militants, they are just criminals, who took over all our riverine areas, we ran to Mr President and all service Chiefs were invited and debriefed and they were sent away.
“But let me sound another note now, that what we are hearing is that they are now regrouping, they have moved from where they were sent away from, they are now moving very close to Ijebu Ode towards Ogere.
“Before now, they were in Arepo, Sagamu, Ikorodu but they have been sent away, what they are now doing is they are regrouping and taking hostages around border areas of Ogun State now. They are now relocating there. This is a very good avenue for me to inform you, but we would be ready for them and it’s good that I am putting you on notice.”
Major General Oyefolu, earlier, commended the state government for supporting the Nigerian Army in the state.
Oyefolu noted that the issue of security is a business of all and sundry, calling on the state government to assist the Army in renovating the Alamala Barracks.