Authorities in the South-West states on Thursday said they have put the regional security outfit, Amotekun, on the alert following renewed attacks by killer herdsmen and terrorists in Ondo State.
Amotekun officials of Ondo,Ekiti, Osun and Oyo states said they had got credible intelligence that terrorists fleeing military operations in the North-West would seek refuge in the forests of the southern states.
To this end, they said they had started combing forests in the region for the fleeing terrorists from the North-West.
As South-West states beefed up security, groups including the Arewa Consultative Forum; the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo all lamented recent killings in the country, particularly in Zamfara, where 200 people were killed, as well as Plateau, Ondo and Enugu states.
The group said recent statements on insecurity by the President Muhammadu Buhari showed that he was not in touch with reality.
Berating the President, the ACF said insecurity had worsened in the country since he assumed office in 2015 despite his military credentials.
The ACF noted with sadness that the President was elected partly because Nigerians believed he had all it took to crush any form of security challenges but the reverse remained the case.
The forum through its National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, stated these in reaction to the sustained killings in Zamfara, Niger and bandits attacks in Ondo, Enugu, Benue and Plateau, and other parts of the country.