Evicted Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Saliu Abdulkadri

Residents of Igangan in the Ibarapa North -West Local Council Development Area of Oyo State have vowed never to allow the now -ejected Seriki Fulani , Abdulkadri Saliu , to return to the community.


According to them , accepting the Seriki Fulani back in the town was tantamount to self – suicide , adding that they would rather die than to accept Saliu back in the town.
“ The entire town would rather go into self -suicide than to accept Seriki back . We would rather lay down our lives than for us and our generations to come to be subjected to the evil reign of Seriki again, ” the Convener , Igangan Development Advocates , Oladiran Oladokun, told The PUNCH on Friday.


Oladokun was reacting to a statement made by the Seriki Fulani that he would consider moving back to Igangan .
“ If given opportunity to return to the community I would consider moving back to Igangan , ” Saliu , whose family members have settled temporarily in Ilorin , Kwara State , had said on Thursday.


The PUNCH earlier reported that a popular Yoruba rights activist , Sunday Adeyemo , well known as Sunday Igboho , had asked herdsmen accused of perpetrating sundry crimes in Ibarapaland to leave within seven days. At the expiration of the ultimatum , Igangan residents , emboldened by Igboho ’s presence had ejected the Seriki Fulani and his herders out of the rustic town.

Speaking with our correspondent on Friday , Oladokun said the residents of the town have been exhaling breathe of fresh air and relief since the eviction of Saliu and his men .
He said farmers now have renewed hope of returning to their farms to continue agricultural activities without fear of being raped , kidnapped and killed.

The IDA leader said the people of the community would not want any order that would truncate the momentary peace and tranquility that they have started enjoying .
“ Our people will not allow that reign , that enslavement to come back now that they have tasted freedom a little.

“ We are now relieved . People can ’ t go to farm for so many months but people are now thinking of going back to their farms and they are now having hope of a better life and you want to take that hope from them ? Our people won ’ t allow that ,” the youth leader told
The PUNCH.


Continuing , Oladokun said, “ In the media , people perceive what happened in Igangan as an exaggeration . But for about 20 years, Igangan lived under the oppressive blood carnage championed by the Seriki himself. How do I know? Why is it that on every occasion, no Fulani has been prosecuted ?”

“ If the Seriki is really who he claims to be and he cares so much about the town , why did he not bring out at least one culprit and say , ‘ Igangan people , this one that you claimed killed a farmer last week , this is him , we got him for you . We don ’t want criminals amongst us, we don’ t people to tarnish our image . ’ Why hasn’ t the Seriki done that over the years?

“ Seriki claimed he had no control over Igangan but it is a lie ; he held control over the town and the killings , he held sway over Igangan , even the Asigangan of Igangan land and the chiefs were helpless and they bowed to him . That is why they ( herders) committed a crime , they would go to him ( Seriki) and he would ask them to relax even if they killed or raped a woman in the farm . He would tell them it was the Ja’ mah ( congregation ) that did it , ” he alleged .

The IDA leader further urged the Presidency and the Oyo State Governor , Seyi Makinde , to launch a comprehensive investigation into the allegations levelled against the Seriki Fulani to uncover and ascertain the truth of the matter and bring the culprits to book.

Source – PUNCH

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