The Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, has revealed how much he lost to the invasion of the Fulani settlement by popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday ‘Igboho’ Adeyemo and his supporters recently.
Naija News reports that Igboho had issued a seven-day ultimatum to herders to leave Igangan town in Ibarapa local government area of Oyo State over the high rate of kidnapping, rape, and killings in the community.
After the expiration of the ultimatum, Igboho stormed the town with his supporters to effect the eviction order.
Addressing reporters in Ilorin, Kwara state on Thursday, Abdulkadir denied complicity in some of the alleged kidnapping incidents in the area.
He also refuted being an accomplice in the killing of an indigene of the town, Dr Fatai Aborode, who was gruesomely murdered by suspected herdsmen.
He said: “I don’t know anything about it. Where Dr Aborode was killed is very far to my village. It’s about two- hour drive to my village; you will pass through Igangan town before you get to where I am.”
The Seriki Fulani alleged that seven Fulanis were killed and properties worth over N500m were lost to the invasion.
Abdulkadir said all allegations leveled against him were concocted by Igboho with the sole purpose of getting the Fulani out of Igangan and other parts of Yorubaland.
He called on the Federal Government to probe the burning of his house, vehicles and the killing of seven of his men in Igangan by alleged agents of Sunday Igboho.
“Finally, I want the federal government to investigate this matter and anyone found guilty should face the law. My houses, 12 vehicles belonging to myself, my children and some visitors were burnt and seven of my people were killed. The corpses of two were yet to be found and some of my animals were carted away,” he said.
He called on Emirs and other traditional rulers in the 19 northern states to come to the rescue of the Fulani residents in the South-West.
“I and my family have been living in Igangan for over 50 years without any challenges from anybody either in Igangan or any other places,” Abdulkadir said.