The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered the Police to arrest Sunday Igboho over his quit notice to Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Makinde gave the charge to the police on Friday.
1st News reports that Sunday Igboho, real name Sunday Adeyemo, an activist, had issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani to leave. Earlier on Friday, he had insisted on the quit notice; even as he led his supporters to storm Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The popular activist, who was received by hundreds of youths in the town, had accused the Fulani of being responsible for the spate of kidnappings and murders in the South West.
Addressing the youths at Igangan Town Hall, Sunday Igboho had restated his determination to rid the region of Fulanis.
‘‘What is happening will not be limited to this place. We will drive out Fulani from entire Yorubaland. They want to be killing us. We will not accept this,’’ he had stated.
Do you all Remember The Courageous Yoruba man who gave Fulanis 7 days Quit notice? Yesterday was the Deadline & guess what? Sunday Igboho Addressing (Right now) Crowd in Ibarapa, Oyo state Today. Calling on the Fulani herdsmen to leave. @_SirWilliam_ @gentleojay pic.twitter.com/GFYEDRCf9v
— Olaoluwa Aro (@OlaFresh98) January 22, 2021
However, Makinde had expressed his opposition to the move by Sunday Igboho.
The Oyo State Governor stated that his administration government would resist anyone hiding under the guise of protecting Yoruba interests to cause ethnic tension and perpetrate crisis; noting that the security agencies have been charged not to target any particular ethnic group; but to wage war against criminal elements, irrespective of their tribes, religions, or creed.
Further, Makinde charged the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko, to treat Sunday Igboho and others; whom he described as fanning the embers of ethnic tension, as common criminals, when caught.
“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals. Once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals. I am sure that since you came in, you must have heard about some things happening at Ibarapa axis of the state.
‘‘I will still say it here that we are not after Hausa-Fulani. We are after criminals,” Makinde said.
Meanwhile, Sunday Igboho has received significant support from some notable personalities in the South West; including a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode.