The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Ogun State chapter, has on Tuesday decried the activities of Sunday Igboho urging him to desist so as not to set the South West on fire.
The students’ body urged him to explore dialogue and consultation with relevant stakeholders in South West to find lasting solutions.
The Chairman of NANS/Ogun Joint Campus Committee (JCC), Kehinde Damilola Simeon also called on the state government to register all herdsmen within the borders of Ogun State and ban open grazing.
“It is our view that he (Igboho) should meet with Yoruba leaders, Afenifere and other stakeholders so as not to set the entire South West region on fire and cause anarchy.
“We observe that Igboho’s strategy if not reviewed may lead to ethnic or tribal war. We, therefore, urge him to liaise with the appropriate authorities to avoid a major disaster,” the student leader said.
One killed, houses razed, Seriki Fulani hospitalised
Hoodlums loyal to the self-acclaimed Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, on Monday night, set ablaze the house of Seriki Fulani in Eggua, Ogun State, Alhaji Adamu Oloru, killing one person and scores of cows.
The seriki’s son, Suleiman Adamu in an interview with Daily Trust on Tuesday said one Alhaji Jiji Danmawale was burnt to death, while his father’s settlement was razed down in the attack where more than 40 cows were killed.
“Right now there is tension everywhere. We managed to get our father to safety during the attack,” Adamu said.
Adamu said the father was feeling unwell and has been hospitalised when our correspondent requested to speak with him.
The State Chairman of Miyetti Allah, Abdulmumin Ibrahim also confirmed the development to Daily Trust saying the attacks were carried out by Igboho.
“He (Igboho) was also at Oja – Odan but one good Samaritan called Dende did not allow him to set ablaze houses at Oja Odan. A formal complaint has been made at Effua Police station,” Ibrahim said.
How Alhaji Jiji was killed
An eyewitness, Rasheed Ilori, told one of our correspondents that Igboho’s visit took the Fulani unaware.
Ilori said the Fulani herdsmen who had been alerted of the visit of the Yoruba activist, miscalculated as Igboho arrived earlier than it was projected.
He said “the Fulani herdsmen had hidden their cattle immediately they got the hint that Igboho was on his way to Eggua. They continued monitoring his movement through their informants from Yoruba people, as he was advancing to Eggua.
“When he got to Oja-Odan, they got the hint and hid their cattle. They had calculated that it will take Igboho and his supporters one hour to get to Kara market from Oja-Odan. But it was a mystery how Igboho got to them unaware.
“When Sunday Igboho got to the Kara market they were still in the market and began running when they saw him and his supporters. They were pursued and one of them was caught and burnt to death,” he said.
It would be recalled that Igboho alongside his supporters had stormed Abeokuta, the state capital, on Monday, in continuation of his “campaign against killer herdsmen in the South West”. He stopped briefly in Abeokuta and headed to some areas in Yewaland in Ogun West Senatorial district.
Our correspondent gathered that Igboho also visited some other troubled areas including Eggua, Asa and Eseluland following their plights in the hands of herdsmen.
While addressing his followers in Abeokuta, Igboho insisted that “killer herdsmen must be flushed out of Yorubaland.”
Igboho also claimed that nobody died during his visit.