Anxiety in Oyo as Sunday Igboho’s quit notice to herdsmen elapses

Charles Nwoke, Ibadan, Nigeria
January 23, 2021

Palpable tension and anxiety grab residents of Igangan and other parts of the Ibarapa area of Oyo State on Friday as the quit notice given to herdsmen by one famous Yoruba ethnic group Activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho in the area elapses.

It was gathered that youths of the area in their numbers, gathered in anticipation for the arrival of the Yoruba Activist, Sunday Adeyemo.

It was equally learned that security agencies have gathered in the ambiance of the area.

Sunday Igboho had within last week visited Fulani settlement in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area where he issued them a seven-day ultimatum to vacate the area.

Sunday Igboho alleged that the Fulani community in the area are masterminding abductions, killings, and other criminal activities going on in the area.

When contacted, Oladiran Oladokun, the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, confided on newsmen that there is tension in the land following the expiration of the ultimatum issued by the Yoruba Activist, Sunday Igboho.

“Some youths are already gathering in Igangan. There is tension but I learned that Operation Burst has dispersed some of them,” Oladokun stated.

Some residents of the area said that security operatives were in town to avert any breach of law and order.

They prayed that the security agencies should hang around all through the night to forestall any act of lawlessness.

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has warned residents of the state seriously to avoid any act of lawlessness and violence in any part of the state.

The new Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, gave this warning in a statement issued on Thursday by Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Command Police Public Relations Officer.

Sunday Igboho last Friday stormed the Fulani settlements in Ibarapa land and asked them to leave the place within seven days, baffled by the continuous killings, abductions, and wanton destruction of crops allegedly carried out by herdsmen in the area.

The Nigeria Police posited that four individuals were wounded when Igboho paid a visit to the place and the Fulani also allegedly ambushed farmers returning from their farms the same Friday night and hacked four of them to death.

Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor, had on Wednesday in a state broadcast reprobated the threat to eject the Fulani ethnicity, while warning those behind the threat to desist from such or be ready to face the wrath of the law.

The new CP in Oyo State referring to the quit notice in the statement said the police in agreement with the position of the governor was very much ready to ensure the absolute security of every law-abiding habitat of the state.

The statement read, “This is to inform the good people of Oyo State that the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Police Command, CP. Ngozi Onadeko has keenly followed development and statements emanating from different individuals regarding security situations in the state.

“The Oyo State Police Command would like to associate itself with the position of His Excellency, Governor Oluseyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, on the need for the good people of Oyo State to be calm and peaceful, as well as desist from taking laws into their hands.

“The commissioner of police would like to assure the peace-loving people of Oyo State that necessary strategies have been put in place, in collaboration with other security agencies in the state, to ensure that all residents of Oyo State are free to go about their lawful businesses and duties, without threat or hindrance.

“The police command with the support of sister security agencies wishes to state emphatically that anyone who engages in any disturbance of the peace or any act of criminality will be brought to justice,” the statement added.