Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State who was forced to flee his home in Igangan, Ibarapa North area of Oyo State in January 2021, has threatened to file legal actions against Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Igboho, for invading his settlement.and making him suffer unjustly.
Recall that Sunday Igboho, together with his supporters, had raided the fulani’s hamlet in January 2021 after giving the Fulani a week to leave Igangan.
The Oyo State Fulani leader had fled to Kwara State capital, Ilorin with his family, for cover.
Speaking with Daily Trust last weekend, the Fulani leader lamented that he was made to suffer unjustly and demanded compensation for the attack and the losses incurred, which he said left him pauperised.
According to him, his hamlet was burnt down after the assault, adding that his property, which included houses and automobiles worth N500 million, were also destroyed.
He also pointed out that 207 cows were rustled during the purported Igboho-instigated incident.
According to reports, Igboho blamed the herders for a string of attacks in Igangan, particularly the murder of a doctor named Fatai Aborode.
Reacting to the report of murder of Dr. Aborode by Fulani herders, the Fulani leader said evidence in the public domain suggested that the politician was killed by his opponents as confirmed by his father in an interview with a BBC Yoruba interview.
He said: “Since the incident of January 2021 when Fulanis were sent away from Igangan, there has been series of kidnapping perpetrated by the indigenes of Igangan.”
According to him, more Fulanis were even victims of kidnapping for ransom in Igangan and its environs in Ibarapa zone of Oyo State.
As at last count, he disclosed that 27 Fulani herders have been victims of kidnapping by those identified to be Yoruba.
Abdulkadir said: “I have written several letters and petitions to the federal and state authorities, yet nothing has been done. I have been living from hands to mouth. It has been difficult feeding myself and members of my family.
“It is almost two years now since the incident caused by Sunday Igboho. I have decided if nothing is done anytime soon to compensate me and my children for the losses, I will have to sue the government and Sunday Igboho.
“I learnt he is not in Nigeria yet but that would not stop me from going ahead to sue him and the government since he also has a suit against the Federal Government. I have suffered unjustly.
“I have lived in Igangan all my life. I gave birth and raised all my children in Igangan and I was equally concerned about the security situation in Igangan and other parts of Oyo State. How can I be responsible for the attacks and killings in Igangan,” he lamented.