Ibadan-based politician and youth leader, Sunday Igboho has issued seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani community in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government area of Oyo state, over allegation that they are responsible for the rising insecurity and kidnapping in the area.
The popular thug gave the quit notice on Saturday when he led some youths to the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, to register their displeasure over the recent killings in the axis.
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Some prominent indigenes of the town were recently killed by suspected herdsmen. The area has also witnessed upsurge in kidnapping.
Igboho, who led the youths that set fire on the abandoned cow market in the town, accused the Fulani of being responsible for the crime in the area.
In a video which has gone viral on social media, Igboho told Sarkin Fulani that he gave them (Fulani herders) seven days to leave the area or he will deal with them.
“Alhaji, I am here to tell you that we are not pleased with the way your people are killing our people. I cannot continue to fold my arms when your people are killing my people. We hereby give you seven days to leave this place.
“What you have done in Yoruba land is enough, go back to your North. If you claim stubbornness and stay, you will have yourself to blame.
I respect you by coming here to notify you but if you don’t respect yourself and decided to stay, you will see,” he threatened.
Igoho, who also visited the palace of the Asigangan of Igangan land, Oba Lasisi Olawuyi Adeoye, accused the king of “giving Yoruba land to Fulani”.
He sought the blessings of the king in evicting the Fulani from the area.
Two farmers killed
Meanwhile, two farmers were allegedly killed by suspected herdsmen, hours after Igoho left the two.
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that the skull of one of the victims, identified as Seun, was slit opened with machete by the suspected killers.
Police confirms ultimatum, deploy men
The Police Public Relations Officer, Oyo State Command, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, who confirmed the quit notice issued by Igboho, said policemen have been deployed to forestall breakdown of law and order.
The PPRO said, “Today, ( Friday) at about 6pm, the popular Sunday Igboho from Igboho town stormed the Fulani camp at Igangan with his men in four Hilux pickup vans and attacked the people, injuring four persons.
“He then warned them to vacate the camp in seven days or be forcefully evicted. The injured were taken to the hospital for treatment. Police patrol vehicle has been deployed to the area. Investigation has commenced into the matter.”
Speaking on phone, Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to the Oyo State governor, dismissed the threat of evicting the Fulani by Igboho saying he has no power to ask anyone to leave. “We have seen the video and His Excellency, the Governor has dispatched a team to visit the area,” he said.
Adisa assured that the Oyo State government will comment on the matter soon. Some Fulani herders were recently killed when operatives of Amotekun stormed their settlement.