Igangan Killings : Sarkin Fulani absolves self, family of complicity

Stephen Olufemi Oni, Ilorin

Sarkin Fulani of Igangan, Alhaji Salihu AbdulKadir, has for the umpteenth time denied any involvement in the crisis rocking Igangan community of Oyo State.

AbdulKadir told newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, on Thursday that neither him nor his family members were involved in the killings of innocent souls in Igangan since the crisis started.

The Sarkin Fulani who alleged that members of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) killed eight Fulani men in Igangan and Elekokan, near Igangan, during the week, called on both Oyo State and the federal governments to probe the crises in the area with a view to bringing the perpetrators to book.

Alleging that the utterances of Oyo State Governor’s Special Adviser on Security, Mr Fatai Owoseni were tantamount to encouraging Sunday Igboho and his ilk to foment trouble in the area, AbdulKadir, however, commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his matured reaction to the issue of the latest attacks in Igangan where scores of people were killed.

AbdulKadir denied claims that one of his children was killed during the recent crisis in the town.

AbdulKadir added: “I want to tell the whole world that I and my family were not involved in Igangan crises. Since the crises began about four months ago we have relocated from Igangan. None of my children was killed in the recent crisis because they are not residing there anymore.

“The OPC people killed eight Fulani in Igangan and Elekokan village during the week. The utterances of Fatai Owoseni, Special on Security to Oyo State government show that the government is backing Sunday Igboho.

“I hereby urge both the federal and Oyo State governments to carry out full investigation into the whole crises in order to put a permanent end to the crises. It’s only when culprits are arrested, prosecuted and brought to justice that permanent peace can be restored to Igangan.

“We also have reports of how hoodlums on daily basis ambush vehicles in Igangan and kill any Fulani man found in such vehicles.”



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