Most of the destitute persons were mentally disabled.
Over 30 destitute persons were in the early hours of Wednesday dumped at Bankemo, a village near Ile-Oluji Town of Ileoluji-Okeigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State by unknown individuals.
Villagers who woke up to the sight of the strangers raised an alarm and reported the development to the police and the traditional ruler of Ile-Oluji, Sulade Adejugbe. The monarch immediately sent his representatives, led by the Lisa Fagbamiye, to the village to see their strange visitors.
On sighting the police, the strangers who were begging food off the villagers initially ran into the bush. The police had a hard time trying to gather information from the destitutes on how they came to be at Bakemo as the destitutes mostly included mentally-retarded persons. Eventually, one of them, who identified himself as Peter, explained that they had been brought from Ilesa in Osun State and dumped at the village.
However, the police declared it difficult to rely on the information provided by Peter and his cohorts due to the poor state of their mental health. The police, for security reasons, moved the strangers from Bakemo to the Police Headquarters in Akure. While most of them were being taken away in a chattered commercial bus, some policemen had to comb the bushes to search for others that hid there.
The Police Public Relations Officer in Ondo, Wole Ogodo, said he has not been briefed but promised to get the details of the story from officers at Ileoluji.