Fulani Eviction Threat: Presidency says IGP has ordered Sunday Igboho’s arrest
Charles Nwoke, Abuja, Nigeria
January 23, 2021
The Nigerian Presidency on Saturday says Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, has ordered the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, for giving Fulani in Oyo State an ultimatum to vacate the state within seven days.
Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Media and Publicity, was quoted as saying this during an exclusive interview with BBC Hausa.
According to the BBC report, Shehu said he had just got off the phone with the IGP who revealed to him that an order had been issued to the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, to apprehend Igboho immediately and transfer him to FCT, Abuja Police Command.
“Garba said he just got off the telephone with the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, who confirmed to him that he had ordered the arrest of Igboho, who is to be brought to Abuja,” part of the report read.
“Igboho is among topics that have generated public discussion on social media in Nigeria on Friday since he visited Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government (of Oyo State) where he insisted that all Fulani residents in Oyo State must leave as long as kidnapping continues.
“Mallam Garba Shehu said the government was having a hard time punishing (such) offenders because of the activities of human rights organizations.
“Garba Shehu said the order given by the Inspector General of Police, for now, is that Igboho should be arrested and brought to Abuja to be taken to court to face prosecution,” the report added.
Sunday Igboho, who is the Akoni Oodua of Yoruba land and a grassroots politician, had issued an ultimatum to the Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State to vacate the state within seven days, blaming the leadership of the Fulani of being behind the increasing security challenges bedeviling the state of Oyo.
The Presidency had last week, criticized Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo State Governor for ordering Fulani herdsmen to exit the state forest reserves because the place was being used by criminal gangs to carry out their nefarious activities.
The PUNCH had reported that controversy ensued in Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday when Sunday Igboho and his ardent fans reportedly swooped the Fulani settlement in the town to evict the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems facing the area.
Yet-to-be confirmed reports claimed that some people were gruesomely murdered while properties worth millions of naira were set razed down during the imbroglio which happened in the evening.
However, residents of Igangan said that at least one youth from Igboora was killed by Fulani militia while two others sustained various degrees of gunshot injuries.
The Seriki equally disclosed that one Fulani woman was killed during the clash. He said he had fled the town before Friday that Igboho came back to their camp.
Sunday Igboho had last week issued a seven-day quit notice to the Seriki and his members.
Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor had in a state broadcast warned people fuelling the ethnic crisis in the state to desist from such act before the law will catch up on them.
Despite the warnings, Igboho and his supporters invaded Igangan on Friday afternoon.
Addressing the youths on Friday, Igboho said, “They started deploying soldiers here yesterday (Thursday). When our people were being kidnapped and killed, there was no soldier to be deployed to secure them.
Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Oyo State Police Public Relations Officer, while reacting to the ugly development said, “Tactical police teams with Operation Burst are on ground to give maximum security protection while efforts are on to ascertain the situation there.”
Meanwhile, Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor on Friday said that his government would not give room for anyone hiding under the guise of ethnic interest to cause a needless crisis in the state.
Seyi Makinde went ahead to state that the war to be waged by the state and the security operatives was against hooligans and criminals, irrespective of their tribes, religions, or creed.
The Governor added that his administration would not permit anyone to threaten the peaceful coexistence already enjoyed in the state by acting in a manner that is unlawful as such was against the Constitution of the country.
“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals. For this administration, the major pillar for us is security, because we know that all the good economic plans we have won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity,” said the Governor.
“So, when people say things that are neither lawful nor within the spirit of Nigeria’s Constitution, it is not acceptable here. And they cannot hide under the guise of protecting Yoruba interest to perpetuate chaos in the state,” he added.