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A cross section of Nigerians on Saturday berated Police
Inspector General Mohammed Adamu following his order for
the arrest of the Southwest activist, Sunday Adeyemo alias
Sunday Igboho.
Many of them took to the social media to express
displeasure at what they called Adamu’s bias against
certain parts of the country in the discharge of his official
duties.
However, an Oyo State Government delegation and a
separate police team led by the new Commissioner of
Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, are due in Ibarapa area of the
state on Sunay, particularly Igangan, the scene of Friday’s
mayhem, for an on the spot assessment of the situation.
There was uneasy calm in the area on Saturday.
BBC Hausa on Saturday quoted Mallam Garba Shehu,
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant
on Media and Publicity as saying that the IGP informed him
of his directive to the Oyo State Police Command to arrest
Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.
Igboho’s alleged sin is the quit order he issued that
criminals should quit Ibarapa within seven days.
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA)
accused Adamu of partiality and double standards by
ordering the arrest.
The group said the same IGP refused to order the arrest of
the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Badejo, who
he said “has for five years made threats against diverse
ethnic communities to take over their lands and threatening
civil war in Nigeria.”
HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator,
Emmanuel Onwubiko, said: “The retiring Inspector General
of Police Mohammed Adamu should also arrest one Bello
Badejo, the national president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore,
who says nobody can chase herdsmen away from the
forest reserves in Ondo State.
“As we know, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the governor
of Ondo, ordered herders to vacate the forest reserves over
rising insecurity in the state.
“As governor, he is exercising a lawful authority, but Bello
Badejo has threatened fire and brimstone but President
Muhammadu Buhari, who controls the police and all other
security forces, has seen nothing untoward and unlawful
with the violent tendencies of Bello Badejo, just because he
is the kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
HURIWA wondered why “the Police, the DSS and all other
security forces have consistently looked the other way whilst
armed herdsmen continued to unleash mayhem and
violence.”
It argued that the order to arrest Sunday IGBOHO ” shows
that the heads of the security forces are compromised
ethnic and religious warriors and bigots who are determined
to drag Nigeria down the routes of Somalia or former
ethnically divided Rwanda.”
A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted:
“New leaders are rising up in the SW. They are strong,
fearless, radical & young.
“Names like Sunday Igboho, Olayomi Koiki and others
come to mind. The SW has finally got a new set of
champions & heroes. They believe in Oduduwa Republic.
None can stand against them. I commend them.”
Another commentator, Fedrick Nwabufo, said:”We need
peace. Asking other Nigerians to leave your state will only
incite chaos. Reprisal quit orders.
“And those of you celebrating this tragedy, please note it
could be your own ethnic group tomorrow. No one wins in
this crisis.”
Investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyomobo, said: “When a
government sleeps while its people are abducted and
slaughtered, the emergence of people like Sunday Igboho is
inevitable.
“All the noise from the Oyo Gov against Igboho’s
boldfaced declaration is just to save face. Wake up to your
responsibility or watch a commoner take charge!”
Ondo first born tweeted: “There’s Sunday Igboho from
Igboho, Oyo State today. If something is not quickly done
about this herdsmen menace, there will be Sunday Ilesha,
Sunday Akure, Sunday Iworoko, Sunday Abeokuta, Sunday
Bariga who will rise up to protect their people from these
criminal elements.”
Ifa Funsho said: “You have been lamenting for protection
from the government for a very long time, govt did nothing.
Sunday Igboho is out there doing what the government
should do but you’re on Twitter calling him names. Any
Yoruba person speaking against Sunday Igboho is OMO
ALE.”
“If the threat of Sunday Igboho and his face-off with the
Oyo State Govt is not quickly looked into…we may have a
security challenge that will not augur well for SW. When it
snowballs, people will blame Buhari for the problem.
Playing politics with security is a no-no!” Bayo Adedosu
tweeted.
Also, a group, Ibarapa Development Forum in a statement
said the state governor, Makinde, disappointed the residents
of the Ibarapa axis of the state amidst endless tragedies of
kidnappings, maiming, destruction of hundreds of acres of
farmlands and killings.
Oyo govt delegation for Ibarapa today
An Oyo State government delegation and a police team led
by Police Commissioner Ngozi Onadeko are expected in
Ibarapa area of the state, including Igangan, the scene of
Friday’s mayhem, for an on the spot assessment of the
situation.
The two delegations, it was gathered, will visit trouble spots
to see things for themselves.
They will be joined by stakeholders and traditional rulers and
a police tactical team from the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
A report of the on the spot assessment will be made public,
a source said last night.
It was also gathered that some Yoruba elders have stepped
in to ensure that peace returns quickly to the Ibarapa axis
and that the trouble does not spill over to other parts of the
country.
Uneasy calm at Igangan after Sunday Igboho’s visit
Igangan was relatively calm yesterday, 24 hours after
mayhem was visited on the town by youths who set ablaze
some houses and cars belonging to the Sarkin Fulani in the
town, Saliu Abdulkadir.
The streets were largely deserted yesterday partly on
account of the annual Oro festival.
Residents are living with utmost security consciousness,
some in fear of either a reprisal attack by herdsmen or
arrest by security agencies.
A resident who spoke to The Nation in confidence
expressed satisfaction with Igboho’s visit and what it
means for security of the people in Ibarapa land at large.
The resident said they were positive about Adeyemo’s
visit, adding that they were prepared to repel any reprisal
attack.
“Let me tell you that we were happy with what Sunday
Igboho did. He is like a liberator. We need such action
because we have not been sleeping with our two eyes
closed. It’s either somebody is kidnapped on his farm or
somebody is robbed or killed. The government is also not
helping because we don’t see them taking any decisive
step,” the resident said.
The Convener, Igangan Development Advocates (IDA), Mr
Oladokun Oladiran, said that tradition demands that every
resident should keep indoors during the grand finale of the
Oro festival which was yesterday.
Oladiran said: “Things are quiet in Igangan as Oro festival
curfew is now ongoing.
“It’s been on for some days now. Today (Saturday) is
‘Ahamo’, meaning indoor.
“All must be indoors. It has been on for seven days, but
today (Saturday) is the peak.
“All women will be indoors.”
However, when asked about the mood of the people of the
town following the Friday visit of Sunday Ighoho, the IDA
convener lauded Igboho while also calling for extra vigilance
and redefined strategic security information in Igangan and
Ibarapaland as a whole.
He said the visit has helped to rekindle the hope of the
freedom of the people in living peacefully in their homes,
adding that no family could boast of unscathed life in the
hand of the criminal elements among the herders.
He said: “Several years under the continuous woes of
herdsmen banditry, Igangan’s hope of regaining peace
kept being dimmed until Friday, January 21, 2021 when the
whole of Ibarapa land suddenly went agog with renewed
strength of reclaiming their land.
“The long-awaited, sought and longed for ray of hope for
liberation glimmered in the form of Chief Sunday Adeyemo
Igboho.
“Such a massive uproar might never have attended any
saga in recent Ibarapa history.
“It was not surprising, for not a single household in Ibarapa
North-West LCDA could boast of unscathed life in the hand
of the ever-terrorising herders.
“For several years, farm plundering was their full time
business, which grew audaciously in leaps and bounds.
“With no disciplinary measures ever meted out to the now
reverential herdsmen, their audacity has leaped in bounds
from just grazing upon the sweats of Ibarapa farmers to
maiming and lynching any farmer who dared raise a voice
in deference to their destructive resolve.
“Notorious criminals increased the spate of kidnapping
and bloodshed upon the whole of Ibarapaland.
“Men were butchered on their farms, farmers abandoned
their indigenous lands as hordes of herdsmen took over
Ibarapa people’s farmlands.”

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