Sarkin Fulani of Igangan, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, yesterday denied involvement in the killing and burning of houses in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State. Abdulkadir told journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State, that neither he nor any member of his family was involved in the killings in Igangan since the crisis started. On Sunday, gunmen, who residents said were Fulani, invaded Igangan, killed more than 11 people and set several vehicles and houses, including the palace of the town’s monarch, ablaze.
The Sarkin Fulani, who alleged that members of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) killed eight Fulani men in Igangan and Elekokan, near Igangan, during the week, called on both Oyo State government and the Federal Government to probe the crises in the area with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book. Abdulkadir alleged that the utterances of Oyo State Governor’s Special Adviser on Security, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, were tantamount to encouraging Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho, and others to foment trouble in the area. Igboho recently chased the Sarikin Fulani out of Igangan over allegations that he was responsible for killings, kidnappings and other forms of criminality in the axis. The sarikin Fulani, however, commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his “mature reaction” to the latest killings in Igangan. Abdulkadir denied claims that one of his children was killed during the recent crisis in the town. He said: “I want to tell the whole world that I and my family were not involved in the Igangan crises.
Since the crisis began about four months ago we have relocated from Igangan. None of my children was killed in the recent crisis because they are not residing there anymore. “The OPC people killed eight Fulani in Igangan community and Elekokan village during the week. The utterances of Fatai Owoseni, Special Adviser on Security to Oyo State governor show that the government is backing Sunday Igboho. “I hereby urge both the Federal Government and Oyo State government to carry out full investigations into the whole crises in order to put a permanent end to the crises.
It’s only when culprits are arrested, prosecuted and brought to justice that permanent peace can be restored to Igangan. “We also have reports of how hoodlums, on a daily basis, ambush vehicles in Igangan and kill any Fulani found in such vehicles.” Residents of Igangan had on Wednesday accused Abdulkadir sons, Ibrahim and Umar, of being the brains behind the Sunday attack and killings. They urged security agencies to arrest two men for their alleged involvement. Speaking on behalf of the residents, the Public Relations Officer of Igangan Development Advocate (IDA), Mr. Abideen Oguntowo, told the New Telegraph on the phone that the arrest of the two sons of the erstwhile Serikin Fulani was necessary owing to their involvement in the attack.
The residents alleged that Ibrahim and Umar, acting on the intent to avenge the attack which forced their father out of the area, had threatened to carry out an attack in the town. The residents, therefore, called on the security agencies – the police, Department of State Services (DSS) and others – to arrest the two men without delay. Oguntowo said that Ibrahim had on April 24, 2021, during a radio programme on Agidigbo 88.7 FM, threatened to attack the town because his father was chased out of the town. He added that the arrest of the two men would lead to the arrest of other perpetrators of the attack. He said: “Ibrahim is parading himself as the chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in Oyo State. Since the eviction of his father, he has been threatening to attack the town. We have written to the governor; we have informed the police. The Akowe Agbe of Igangan, Mr. Adeagbo Taiwo, has written on behalf of the people.”