Residents of Igangan in Ibarapa East Local Government area of Oyo State, on Sunday expressed anger against Governor Seyi Makinde over his decision to send a representative to a meeting called to douse tension over the security situation in the area.
NPO Reports reliably gathered the anger was not directed only at the Governor, the residents accused their member of the House of Assembly from the state's constituency, Hon. Peter Gbadegesin Ojedokun and the Speaker of the House of Assembly in Oyo, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin of being insensitive to the security plights of the people.
The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had deployed a delegation to meet with the residents of Igangan on Sunday. While the police boss was represented by the Commissioner of Police Ngozi Onadeko, the Alaafin of Oyo was represented by the Vice Chairman of the Oyo State Council of Obas, the Onigbon of Orile-Igbon.
Also present at the meeting which lasted for hours were Seriki Fulani of other communities in Ibarapa area.
At the meeting, the residents presented the representatives of the Inspector General of Police with glaring evidence of cases of kidnappings, killings and other crimes which were allegedly linked to the expelled Seriki Fulani of Igangan.
An acclaiamed Yoruba interests fighter, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo (popularly called Sunday Igboho) had taken it upon himself to ensure the expulsion of the leader of the Fulani community in Igangan, Saliu Abdulkadir owing to allegations that he was complicit in many cases of killings and kidnappings of indigenes.
Adeyemo had stormed Igangan after the expiration of his seven day ultimatum to effect the explulsion of the Seriki Fulani who was said to have taken to his heels before the arrival of his challenger.
Governor Seyi Makinde had in a broadcast, warned Adeyemo and others of the consequences of asking The Seriki to leave the community.
However, at the meeting on Sunday, other Seriki Fulani of communities such as Lanlate, Igboora, all Ibarapa pleaded with the community to allow their men to continue their stay saying they were not part of the criminality for which the Seriki in Igangan was being alleged.
The anger against the Governor and other political office holders came to the fore when representative of the Governor, who our source could not confirm whether is a Special Adviser or a Permanent Secretary, was shouted down by angry residents who querried why the Governor would not consider it appropriate to attend the meeting personally.
A member of the community who pleaded not to be named told NPO Reports that the youths are more angry because since the community has been witnessing killings and kidnappings, not once has the Governor considered it appropriate to pay them a visit.
"Dr. Fatai Aborode who was killed by these people was a member of the same party with Governor Makinde, He actually contested to be at the House of Representatives but lost. Since the death of the man, no single message of condolence has been sent by the Governor," the source said.
The source also said that three days after the killing of Aborode, a delegation of youths from the community visited the Governor's Office in Ibadan. "For more than two hours, the governor did not see us. Eventually, when the Deputy Governor who claimed to be friend to the late Aborode came out, he appealed to us to go and that the governor would send a delegation to the community. Till today, we have not seen a delegation to say sorry to the community," the source explained.
During the meeting, the delegation from the police boss was presented with evidence in forms of photographs which confirmed atrocities allegedly linked to the expelled Seriki.
The source told the NPO Reports that one of the evidences presented to the IG team was that of payment of ransome of about N2million which was paid to the Seriki by the Oba of Igangan after the son of his brother was kidnapped.
NPO Reports learnt that it was after the payment of the ransome that the Seriki negotiated for the release of the kidnap victim and released to the Oba.
Also presented to the delegation were evidences of land grabbing which in many cases had also led to killings or injuries of the local residents.
The delegation promised to get back to the community after reporting back to the police boss.
Before the meeting ended, the Seriki Fulani of Igboora and Eruwa made special appeals that their people be allowed to stay just as they tendered apologies for the crimes that may have been linked to some of their people in the past.