President Muhammadu Buhari, IGP Mohammed Adamu and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) have ordered for the arrest of Sunday Igboho.
The appeal was made on Saturday by presidential media aide, Lauretta Onochie, who said that Igboho must be dealt with so that his case can serve as a deterrent to other persons who intend to emulate him.
On her Twitter page, Onochie wrote on Saturday, January 23: “Oyo: Makinde orders the police to arrest Sunday Igboho, others over Fulani quit notice.
“Mr. Governor, That’s how to show that you are the Chief Security Officer of Oyo State and that you are in charge.
“Please ensure prosecution serves as a deterrent”.
Earlier, Igboho dared the government of Oyo state to arrest him following his “leave” order to Fulani herders in Igangan community.
He on Friday, January 22, stormed the town in Ibarapa East local government area of Oyo state after the expiration his seven-day ultimatum to the Fulani herders mandating them to vacate the community.
He also insisted that Seriki, a popular herder, must leave the town, saying so many people fingered him to be behind the insecurity in the area.
On Friday, houses and cars were burnt.
Mr Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho is a a Yoruba activist who participating actively in the Modakeke-Ife war.
As a follow up, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen.
BBC Hausa quoted Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, as confirming the arrest order during its programme on Friday.
Shehu reportedly said the IGP informed him of his directive to Ngozi Onadeko, the Oyo commissioner of police, to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.
This makes it a double order on the CP following Governor Seyi Makinde’s order that the Commissioner of Police treat anyone fuelling ethnic tension as criminals.
Also, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has called for the arrest of a Yoruba nation ‘agitator,’ Sunday Igboho.
Ibrahim Jiji, chairman of the Oyo State chapter, who addressed journalists in Ibadan on Saturday, maintained that the Fulanis are not criminals.
“We are all Nigerians. We appreciate and love the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde for saying the truth. We need to join hands together to ensure we have a peaceful society. Our people are not happy and many of them are living in fear. Some had fled their homes.
“We want justice for Seriki Fulani. All those that perpetrated the evil must face the wrath of the law. They are not powerful than the government. Who is Sunday Igboho and why is he more powerful than the government?
“I have said time without number that we have criminals among all the tribes and not peculiar to Fulani. Those who are suffering the injustice now are not the criminals they are hunting for. These are good people and not criminals. The government should do the needful to ensure peace returns to the Ibarapa axis.”
Buhari asks police to shoot Sunday Igboho, followers on sight
Meanwhile, a report has it the General Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a “Shot at Site” for followers of Mr Igboho.
According to Peoples Gazette, two police sources familiar with the matter said Mr President has endorsed the use of lethal force against Sunday Igboho and his supporters if they continue to “disturb public peace” in Oyo State.
“The president was briefed on the matter and he said Sunday’s action can disturb public peace and it should stop,” a police chief told the Gazette by telephone Saturday afternoon.
“We were told from IG’s office that the president has asked for Sunday Igboho and his followers to be shot at sight if they continue pushing to drag Nigeria into a civil war.”
Another police source told the Gazette that police Inspector-General Mohammed Adamu was seeking an alternative approach.
“He does not want to flout presidential directive, but he has been talking to Yoruba leaders to find other means of preventing the matter from escalating,” the senior police officer said by telephone.
“A possible trip to the South-west is also on the table.” Both senior officers sought anonymity to discuss internal police communication.