The Inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, is reportedly involved in the controversy of the Fulani Herdsmen and the people of Igangan in Oyo State as he has allegedly ordered the arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen.
BBC Hausa quoted presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu as confirming the arrest order on Igboho during its programme on Friday as he explained that the IGP informed him of his directive to the Oyo commissioner of police, Ngozi Onadeko to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.
Igboho had asked herdsmen in Igangan in Ibarapa north local government area of Oyo to leave within seven days following reports of the killing of some Oyo citizens.
He had blamed herders and Fulanis, including Saliu Kadri, the Seriki Fulani, of being behind the rising insecurity in the area.
Although, Governor Seyi Makinde had directed nobody reserved the right to order anyone out of the state and given security agencies a marching order to ensure that peace reigns in the area, Igboho insisted that he would fight for his people with the last pint of his blood.
He dared anyone who would stop him on the way to rescue the Ibarapa people who he said had made a distress call to him to deliver them from the oppression of the herders.
Igboho who rained curses on whoever is backing the Fulani herders to unleash terror on the residents in the South-West zone noted that if anyone stands on his way, he would crush them.
Two people were feared killed after Igboho visited the place on Friday.
Makinde asked the IGP to arrest those fomenting trouble under the guise of protecting the interest of Yoruba people.
“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” Governor Seyi Makinde had told the police commissioner, Onadeko.
The stand of Governor Makinde has made many Yoruba indigenes across political divide to label him as a traitor who will be dealt with the Yoruba way.
The Igangan people complained that the Seriki Fulani had murdered their son who came from abroad to his ‘palace’ to complaint about Fulani incursion to his large farm and the police refused to attend to their protest leaving many of their sons and daughters working on the farm stranded.
The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu had given the Fulani seven days to also vacate their reserved forest alleging they were using the forest as cover for criminal activities to abduct several citizens to collect ransom and kill several who could not meet their demands.
In Lagos State, Traditional rulers had protested to Chief of Army Staff that soldiers were openly aiding brutalization of their citizens and sending them off their farms.
Reports from Ogun State say police officers flogged in the open citizens of a village who refused the pursued Seriki Fulani and his family to settle in their village.