(VIDEO) ANGERED BY INCESSANT KIDNAPPINGS AND N6M RANSOM COMMUNITY YOUTHS STORM KIDNAPPERS HIDEOUT IN OYO, MAKINDE SUES FOR PEACE
Following the incessant kidnappings and a N6M ransom demanded by kidnappers in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, angry youths on Tuesday stormed the abductors' hideout in Igangan community.
This comes after residents of Ibarapa summoned the help of Sunday Igboho, a notable Yoruba activist, following a rise in insecurity in the area.
Eons Intelligence gathered that the youths uncovered an uncompleted building in Igangan community where the assailants kill and carry out their nefarious operations.
It is pertinent to mention that the Ibadan-based activist and politician, Sunday Igboho, had earlier warned the Fulani community in Igangan to vacate the community over an allegation that they are responsible for the rising insecurity and kidnapping in the area.
Igboho gave the warning when he led his men to the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, to express his anguish and displeasure over the incessant killings in the region.
In a radio interview, he claimed that the Fulani herders possessed more sophisticated weapons than operatives of the Western Nigeria Security Network, Amotekun, and they must leave because of consistent killings and kidnapping in Ibarapa Local Government Area of the State.
Reacting to Igboho's threat, the Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, on Wednesday, January 20, called for caution. He stressed that Fulani herdsmen are not the enemies of Oyo State.
He said; “Individuals who are not authorised are going around chasing people from their homes and causing mayhem. This assault on residents of Oyo State is not the way to further the Yoruba cause.
“Let me state that we shall not sit back and watch anyone make any law-abiding resident of Oyo State feel unsafe in their homes, farms, or business places. We are aware of some people circulating flyers and giving people ultimatums to leave their land. This is totally unacceptable and will not be condoned.
“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which I swore to defend and protect, guarantees freedom of movement in Section 41(1), such that citizens are free to reside in any part of the country without fear. We are determined to preserve that right in Oyo State.”
However, Governor Seyi Makinde warned Igboho and other individuals issuing ultimatum to Fulani residents in the State to desist from such acts, declaring that as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, he, as Governor, would protect every Nigerian’s rights to reside in any part of the country.
Recall that on Tuesday, Eons Intelligence reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State issued a seven-day ultimatum to all Fulani herdsmen to vacate the State.