Many days after his banishment from Igangan, Sarkin Fulani of Igangan, Salihu Abdulkadir, has revealed the mastermind behind Sunday Igboho’s actions.
Speaking with reporters in Ilorin, Kwara State capital during the weekend, Abdulkadir said a politician in Oyo State is the mastermind behind the attack on him and family at his former residence in Ibarapa Local Government Area of the state.
Abdulkadir alleged that Igboho and his men stormed his former residence with the company of the politician and his thugs. He also revealed that among the thugs of the politician were some accused of kidnapping in 2020. The Sarkin Fulani lamented on how he was treated in Ibarapa despite his positive contributions to the socio-economic development of Igangan town in the last 50 years of his life.
He said, ”The politician led Sunday Igboho to his house to issue the quit notice to him which was followed by the attack on his house on January 22, 2021.”
“I have assisted the police several times to apprehend kidnap suspects irrespective of whether they are of Fulani or Yoruba origin.
“At a point, that man approached me to rescue twins arrested over an alleged kidnap case and now in prison,” he stated.
Speaking on his alleged relationship with kidnappers in the community. Abdulkadir said: ”How do I now become a kidnap kingpin when I am the one who reports and helps the police to apprehend suspects in kidnap cases?”
He recalled that he had been conferred several awards and chieftaincy titles as a result of his contributions to humanity, even by the Nigeria Union of journalists, NUJ, Kwara State council in 2014.
“I am not a criminal, I have never bailed anyone of my six graduate children who are doing well and some overseas, so how do I constitute a threat to the people of my state.
“I am a bonafide indigene of Ilorin. My mother hailed from Baboko quarters of Ilorin, my father was a herder who had his roots at Abe-Emi, in Ilorin West Local Government of Kwara State.
“But because of our family’s occupation, my forebears relocated to Temidire in the Asa Local Government Area of the state, where I was born. My great grandfather was born at Temidire too,” he stated.
Recalling how his family moved to Oyo years ago, the Sarkin Fulani said: ”Typical of our occupation, we moved from the community and relocated to the then Western region, first to a place near Oyo town, but later moved to Ibarapa with my father just after the Nigerian civil war in the 70s, and I have been in Igangan until the quit notice issued by Sunday Igboho.”
Naija News understands that Abdulkadir had accused Igboho and his disciples of destroying a block of separate four-bedroom flats, eight vehicles, 206 cows, as well as over N1m cash meant for procurement of materials during the January 22 attack at his residence in Igangan.