Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, has revealed that bandits from Mali were attempting to cross to the South-West through the Saki boundary.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Makinde said this during his visit to Saki on Monday.
Nigeria shares boundary with Benin Republic at Saki which is in the Oke Ogun area of Oyo State.
The statement read in part, ” Of course, in our locality here, banditry is also another issue.
“For instance, Saki shares an international border and it is more of an international issue because we have bandits all the way from Mali that are trying to cross.
“Once they gain entry into anywhere they can operate, they will stay there.”
The governor, however, said the Oyo State Security Network Agency had been able to flush out some bandits inside the bush in Kishi.
“When we inaugurated Amotekun, you gave us your support. When some bandits went to the bush at Kishi, we were able to flush them out with all the efforts of all of us here.
“So, we want to use this opportunity to say thank you to you all,” he added.
The Ààrẹ Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams, had in September raised the alarm that foreign terrorists had occupied the Old Oyo National Park in Kishi.
The faction of the Oodua People’s Congress which is led by Adams told our correspondent that they went into the bush, fought against the terrorists using the bush as their hideout.
The Chairman of OPC in Oyo State, Mr Rotimi Olumo, said the OPC dislodged the terrorists and recovered four AK-47 rifles from the hoodlums and handed those arrested to the police with the weapons.