The Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, has formally reacted to the disturbance in some Fulani communities in Oyo State following the visit of Yoruba rights activist Sunday Igboho to the settlements. She was, however, mum on Igboho.
She spoke following reports by the presidency that she had been directed by the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adadmu to apprehend popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho whose visit reportedly triggered the mob action.
Reacting to the development in a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, the police boss while calling for calm from everyone in the society said the police was presently investigating the incidents that happened on Friday in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area following a visit by Igboho.
GWG reports that there were reports of violence following the visit as some youths were said to have set fire to part of the settlement.
Upon the crisis, the presidency disclosed that the IGP had asked that Igboho be arrested and brought to Abuja for prosecution.
Mr. Fadeyi in his statement that was mum on Igboho, said:
“Sadly, the relative peace and calmness, being enjoyed, due to the visibility patrols of the security agencies were truncated by the visit of Sunday Igboho to Igangan, at about 1630hrs on 22nd January 2021.
“The visit had culminated in a mob action by some youths in the town, who, armed with different types of weapons, embarked on arson and a breach of peace. In the process, grievous hurt was committed against one of the police officers, while discharging his statutory duties.
“The commissioner of police will like to reiterate that the security agencies will not watch while some criminal elements take laws into their hands.
“Investigation into the arson and the breach of the peace, which occurred at Igangan will be investigated to logical conclusion and culprits shall be brought to justice.”