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IGP Adamu On Hot Seat Over Sunday Igboho Arrest Order


Adamu and Igboho. 

IGP Adamu Under Fire From Nigerians Over Order To Arrest Sunday Igboho. 

A cross section of Nigerians on Saturday berated Police Inspector General Mohammed Adamu following his order for the arrest of the Southwest activist, Sunday Adeyemo alias Sunday Igboho.

Many of them took to the social media to express displeasure at what they called Adamu’s bias against certain parts of the country in the discharge of his official duties.

However, an Oyo State Government delegation and a separate police team led by the new Commissioner of Police, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, are due in Ibarapa area of the state on Sunay, particularly Igangan, the scene of Friday’s mayhem, for an on the spot assessment of the situation.

There was uneasy calm in the area on Saturday.

BBC Hausa on Saturday quoted Mallam Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity as saying that the IGP informed him of his directive to the Oyo State Police Command to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.

Igboho’s alleged sin is the quit order he issued that criminals should quit Ibarapa within seven days.

The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) accused Adamu of partiality and double standards by ordering the arrest.

The group said the same IGP refused to order the arrest of the leader of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Badejo, who he said “has for five years made threats against diverse ethnic communities to take over their lands and threatening civil war in Nigeria.”

HURIWA in a statement issued by the National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said: “The retiring Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu should also arrest one Bello Badejo, the national president of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, who says nobody can chase herdsmen away from the forest reserves in Ondo State.

“ As we know, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the governor of Ondo, ordered herders to vacate the forest reserves over rising insecurity in the state.

“ As governor, he is exercising a lawful authority, but Bello Badejo has threatened fire and brimstone but President Muhammadu Buhari, who controls the police and all other security forces, has seen nothing untoward and unlawful with the violent tendencies of Bello Badejo, just because he is the kinsman of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

HURIWA stated that, it wondered why “the Police, the DSS and all other security forces have consistently looked the other way whilst armed herdsmen continued to unleash mayhem and violence.”

It argued that  the order to arrest Sunday IGBOHO ” shows that the heads of the security forces are compromised ethnic and religious warriors and bigots who are determined to drag Nigeria down the routes of Somalia or former ethnically divided Rwanda.”

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode tweeted: “New leaders are rising up in the SW. They are strong, fearless, radical & young.

“ Names like Sunday Igboho, Olayomi Koiki and others come to mind. The SW has finally got a new set of champions & heroes. They believe in Oduduwa Republic. None can stand against them. I commend them.”

Another commentator, Fedrick Nwabufo, said:”We need peace. Asking other Nigerians to leave your state will only incite chaos. Reprisal quit orders.

“ And those of you celebrating this tragedy, please note it could be your own ethnic group tomorrow. No one wins in this crisis.”

Investigative journalist, Fisayo Soyomobo, said: “When a government sleeps while its people are abducted and slaughtered, the emergence of people like Sunday Igboho is inevitable.

“ All the noise from the Oyo Gov against Igboho’s boldfaced declaration is just to save face. Wake up to your responsibility or watch a commoner take charge!”

Ondo first born tweeted: “There’s Sunday Igboho from Igboho, Oyo State today. If something is not quickly done about this herdsmen menace, there will be Sunday Ilesha, Sunday Akure, Sunday Iworoko, Sunday Abeokuta, Sunday Bariga who will rise up to protect their people from these criminal elements.”

Ifa Funsho said: “You have been lamenting for protection from the government for a very long time, govt did nothing. Sunday Igboho is out there doing what the government should do but you’re on Twitter calling him names. Any Yoruba person speaking against Sunday Igboho is OMO ALE.”

“ If the threat of Sunday Igboho and his face-off with the Oyo State Govt is not quickly looked into…we may have a security challenge that will not augur well for SW. When it snowballs, people will blame Buhari for the problem. Playing politics with security is a no-no!” Bayo Adedosu tweeted.

Also, a group, Ibarapa Development Forum in a statement said the state governor, Makinde, disappointed the residents of the Ibarapa axis of the state amidst endless tragedies of kidnappings, maiming, destruction of hundreds of acres of farmlands and killings.

The Nation

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