Popular Yoruba insurgent, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly referred to as Sunday Igboho, has said he won’t heed calls to assist a community in Oyo combat Fulani kidnappers except the government gives him the approval to try to do so.
SaharaReporters had on Sunday reported that residents of Kajola village in Ayete, within the Ibarapa North government Area of the state called on Igboho to return to their rescue and save them from a gaggle of armed Fulani herdsmen headed by one Iskilu Wakil.
The villagers had alleged that Wakil and his fellow armed Fulani men had driven away farmers from the village after the villagers served him a notice to quit.
The people also said that they had been affected by incessant attacks and destruction of their farms from Wakil and his gang for long, adding that they had asked him to vacate their land when the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Saliu Abdukadir, was given a quit notice by Igboho.
“We are pleading with Chief Sunday Igboho to return to our rescue. The police and Amotekun have refused to assist us. So, we’ll appreciate it if he can come here also to assist us,” one among the affected farmers was quoted as saying.
But in an interview with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, Igboho, who spoke through his media aide, Salami Oladapo, said he would only attend Ayete to fight the explanation for the farmers there if Governor Seyi Makinde would approve it.
He said, “I know the people of Ayete are calling for help but I will be able to only attend Ayete if the governor asks me to travel. After all, he’s the chief security officer of the state and he’s within the best position to offer the order.
“The governor visited Igangan over the weekend and just left yesterday. Ayete isn’t faraway from Igangan, whatever affects the people in these communities should be of utmost priority to the governor of the state.
“If the governor gives me the go-ahead today, I will be able to be in Ayete very first thing tomorrow morning.”