Makinde, IGP team, monarchs meet today over Herdsmen crisis

As tension mounts in the southwest state of Oyo, Governor Seyi Makinde, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and traditional rulers in the state are poised to visit gangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state today to deliberate on how finding solution to the insecurity crisis plaguing Ibarapaland.

This comes after a popular Yoruba activist Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho issued an ultimatum to Fulani Herdsmen in the state asking them to leave.

This resulted in the eruption of violence in Ibarapa Local Government on Friday as Sunday Igboho, alongside his followers, stormed the Fulani settlement in the ancient town to eject Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and herdsmen accused of perpetrating crimes ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmlands with their cattle.

The Deputy Chairman, Oyo State Council of Obas, Oba Francis Alao, told PUNCH on Saturday, that the meeting was organised primarily to ensure that peace returned to the area.

He said, “I am going there tomorrow (today) to hold a meeting with all the traditional rulers in Ibarapaland. The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State too will be there. A team from the Inspector-General of Police Office is also going to be there. The state government (representatives) will also be there.

“All we want to do is to ensure there is peace in the area for everybody to coexist peacefully. I am going in my position as the Deputy Chairman, Oyo State Obas Council; I am going on that premise and we have told all traditional rulers from the three local government areas in Ibarapaland to be there as well.

“There is an ongoing reconciliatory effort at Tede, Ago Are and Ago Amodu in Atisbo Local Government Area. I am coordinating that and everybody should sue for peace. Everybody should eschew violence and embrace peace while the security agents will do their investigation.”

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