Oyo: There may be counter attacks in the north, ACF warns

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has strongly condemned the attack on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir by Yoruba Youths in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.

National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Emmanuel Yawe, made this known in a statement made available online on Saturday.

Yawe, who said federal government and South West governors must be proactive and stop history from repeating itself, called for the immediate arrest of those who spearheaded the attacks.

The forum said: “This morning we received reports of an attack by Yoruba Youths on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Serki Fulani in Oyo State.

“In the reports, he was attacked and driven out of his house, eleven cars and his house burnt with his family members now living in the bush.”

ACF further said: “There are allegations that one Sunday Igboho an agitator for Oodua Republic and who issued an ultimatum giving Fulani people seven days to leave Yorubaland is the instigator of the attack.

“The most disturbing aspect of the attack is the allegation that the security agents who were earlier warned about its imminence stood by helplessly as the attack was carried out.

“The ACF is worried about this trend and calls on the Federal and State Governments in the South West to move quickly to avert a social upheaval that may destabilize the whole country.

“We recall that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter attacks like this.

“The governments must be proactive and stop history from repeating itself.

“Those who carried out these attacks must be apprehended and the due process of the law allowed to take its course.

“If this is not done there maybe counter attacks in the north and the country will be up in flames. The authorities must act. The ACF is very worried and calls on them to act fast.”

Meanwhile, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, has said he and his men are not behind the burning of the house and property of the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, saying the indigenes of the settlement were responsible.

Igboho, speaking through his Personal Assistant, Salami Oladapo, told newsmen that the activist spent only about two hours in the town, on the instruction of the police and the soldiers, who were briefed on Igboho’s coming.

The Inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu has ordered the arrest of Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) over the quit notice he issued to the herdsmen.

The arrest order was confirmed by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu during BBC Hausa programme on Friday.

Shehu reportedly said the IGP informed him of his directive to Ngozi Onadeko, the Oyo commissioner of police, to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.

Recall that the Yoruba activist had earlier issued a seven (7) day ultimatum to herdsmen who have been accused of kidnapping, killing and attack on innocent Nigerians in Ibarapa geopolitical zone of the state.

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