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Amidst apprehensions over insecurity, the South West Security Network(Amotekun) has intercepted a total of459 persons suspected to be invaders as they were moving into the Ondo and Oyo States from the Northern part of the country.

The Amotekun Corps made the interceptions in two different operations in Akure on Thursday and Monday and in Ibadan on Tuesday.

The first occured on Thursday, where not less than 151 persons were discovered around 6am during a stop and search by operatives of the corps along Akure-Ado-Ekiti road.

A fresh interception of a group of 168 persons was made on Sunday along with nine kidnap suspects.

A separate operation in Ibadan yielded the arrest of about 140 persons of norther extraction by the corps.

The drivers of the trucks conveying the invaders claimed they were coming from Abuja, Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa states to Ondo State.

While addressing newsmen in Akure about the incident, the Commander of Amotekun in Ondo State, Adetunji Adeleye, said that the suspects hid under bags of rice and beans in the trucks, noting that they could not tell their mission in the state.

He said that some charms and photographs were found on them while the motorcycles in their possession did not have valid papers.

Mr Adeleye further explained that the travelers would be interrogated and profiled before sending them back to their bases.

“While searching the vehicles, we saw 10 bikes and various dangerous charms,” he said.

“If we check and we do not find anything on them, as long as they don’t have anybody that is ready to take custody of them in Ondo state, we will send them back to their various states.”

In October last year the corps arrested five buses conveying persons with questionable motives from the north to the state.

They were found with baggage containing long swords and daggers.

But the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the South West security outfit, Amotekun, to respect the fundamental human rights of Northern travellers arrested by the corps.

MURIC also called on the authorities of Amotekun to apply professional decorum in the issue and to let the rule of law prevail.

The Islamic group gave the advice in a statement issued on Saturday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

According to MURIC, About 140 Northerners, comprising men, women and children were arrested in Ibadan by the South West security outfit popularly known as Amotekun last week Tuesday.

The group also cautioned that the rights of the arrested persons should be guaranteed especially with the fact that they have not been confirmed to be involved in any crime.

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