Residents of Igangan in the Ibarapa region of Oyo State has amid anarchy rocking the city, submitted to the police and government representatives proofs of millions paid to Fulani herders terrorising their land.
The development follows the call for the arrest of Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, better known Sunday Igboho after his disciples stormed the home of Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, to drive him out of the land.
The order was issued by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, this online news portal notes.
However, residents of the affected community in their response to the recent development accused the Fulani herdsmen of perpetrating crimes ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape to invasion of farmlands with their cattle.
Speaking to delegations from the government who visited the community to look into the lingering war between residents and the Fulanis, the Igangan community leaders disclosed that a total of N50m has been obtained from farmers by the Fulanis who abducted them in recent times.
Images and other proofs of payment of the said ransoms were given to the delegation, accusing even the Seriki Fulani of involvement in the negotiation of ransoms.
the delegation comprises officials of the state and the current Commissioner of Police in the state Command, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko.
Giving details of the visit to Igangan community, the Chief Press Secretary to state Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said the community leaders on Sunday, January 24 noted that besides paying the huge ransoms, about 15 women were raped by the herders in the area.
On their side, some leaders of the accused party who were in attendance at the conference, begged for mercy, saying the Fulani were ready for peaceful co-existence with their hosts.
The Secretary of Igangan Development Advocates, Lawal Akeem, said residents of the community were tired of the antics of the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, whom he accused of involvement in various kidnap cases. He remembered how the Fulani herders often vandalised farms and raped their women.
A member of the state House of Assembly, Peter Ojedokun, who also was in attendance at the meeting disclosed that the peace in Ibarapaland had been stirred by the Fulani herders with a series of attacks.
On his side, the Caretaker Chairman of Ibarapa North-West Local Government Development Area, Okediji Olusegun, also corroborated the allegations levelled against the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, claiming that the Seriki had been fingered in the series of security problems in the area several times.
However, with all modesty, the two Fulani leaders present, the Seriki Fulani of Igbo Ora, Alhaji Idris Abubakar, and the Seriki Fulani of Eruwa, Alhaji Sule Mohammed, begged for the forgiveness of the Ibarapa people, assuring them of peaceful coexistence in the land henceforth.