The men of the Ondo State Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, intercepted a truck carrying about 151 people suspected of being intruders.
It turned out that the corps made the arrest while acting on intelligence about the terrorist incursion into southwestern Nigeria.
Among the suspects were five women, hidden behind beans and rice bags in the trailers.
They were intercepted around the Sango area of the Akure-Ado Expressway by the Corps’ officers who were on “stop and search” on Thursday, because they were suspicious of their movement.
Amotekun’s state commander, Akogun Adetunji Adeleye, said the suspects were hidden behind sacks of rice in the truck.
He said: “We intercepted two trucks carrying 151 people cleverly hidden behind sacks of rice and beans in a way that you might not know that this number of people were tucked into the trucks.
“When intercepted, we asked about their destinations. Some said Akure, others said Osogbo in Osun state. Although we haven’t profiled them yet, because none of them have a clue of what they were going to do or their mission.
“All they could tell us is that they got into the vehicle and came to Ondo state.
“During the search of the vehicles, we saw 10 bicycles and several dangerous charms. If we check them and find nothing on them as long as they have no one ready to take them into custody in Ondo state, we will send them back to their different states.”
The suspects are said to have come from the states of Kastina, Kano and Jigawa en route to the states in the Southwest.
He continued: “Some of them claimed they were from Kastina, Kano and Jigawa states, but about how they got together, they said they couldn’t figure it out, but they went through the truck to Akure in Ondo state. were transported.
“However, this is not a good sign, given the security warning in the southwestern states.
“While we respect their rights as Nigerians, we are not sure what they are here for. We still believe that when traveling, everyone should have a mission and destination where he or she is going,” he said.