The presidency and Inspector-general of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu have been advised against the planned arrest of Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho.
National President of Yoruba Youth Socio-Cultural Association, Olalekan Hammed, while speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, said arresting Igboho will trigger a crisis in the area.
According to him, Igboho offered to do what security agencies had failed to do for the people, noting that many citizens of the country had been maimed and killed for so long by marauding herdsmen.
He said arresting Igboho will make the people lose confidence in the Federal Government.
He said; “Ibarapa youths may react violently if Sunday Igboho is arrested. They will also lose hope in both the federal and the state government.
“Ibarapa and other communities across Yoruba land seriously need to be guaranteed safety. So, any attempt to arrest Igboho will make the people think the government wants the menace of bandits in their communities to continue.”
The socio-cultural group leader urged the police not to arrest Igboho because he did not ask Fulani to leave Yorubaland but criminals.
He added, “The President’s body language which is boosting criminal herders’ moral has already pushed the entire country in a state of anarchy.”
Recall that the presidency had said the IGP ordered the arrest of Sunday Igboho over the ultimatum he issued to fulani herdsmen in Oyo to leave the state.
According to BBC Hausa, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, confirmed the arrest order during its programme on Friday.
Part of the BBC Hausa report read; “Garba said he just got off the telephone with the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, who confirmed to him that he had ordered the arrest of Igboho, who is to be brought to Abuja.
“Igboho is among topics that have generated public discuss on social media in Nigeria on Friday since he visited Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government (of Oyo State) where he insisted that all Fulani residents in Oyo State, must leave as long as kidnapping continues.
“Mallam Garba Shehu said government was having a hard time punishing (such) offenders because of the activities of human rights organisations.”