Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has declared some Yorubas were part of those who razed his residence in the early hours of Tuesday.
“What I find surprising is that some Yorubas are in support of the herdsmen to set my house on fire. I’m saddened by it,” he said.
“When they knew they could fight, fire gunshots, and set a house ablaze, isn’t it where I stay that they are supposed to come? If they had come to the house where I stay, I would have had evidence for you people (journalists) because they won’t all escape.
“It’s either you meet their dead bodies or meet them with broken legs. I thank God that they applied wisdom by going to a house where they know that I don’t live and destroyed my properties and burnt it down.”
He also disclosed the value of damaged items in the residence could not be less than N50m.
On how he knew about the attack on his old house, Igboho, who spoke with journalists, said the arsonists fired gunshots before breaking in.
He said: “Around 3.30am today, my younger ones residing at my old house rushed to my gate to wake me up, saying some bandits came to the house, fired gunshots, broke the gate and set the house ablaze. The two people at the house managed to escape. By the time I got there, the bandits had escaped. So, we called firefighters to help us put out the fire.”
On why he’s against the criminal herdsmen, Igboho said their atrocities in Yorubaland are preventing peace from reigning.
“These Fulanis are killing our brothers in our fatherland. They’re killing, raping, and kidnapping. All the things they are doing to us are not good. That’s why I’m trying to unite our people so that we can chase them away for peace to reign in Yorubaland,” he said.
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Also reacting to the incident, Salami Oladapo, media aide to Sunday Igboho said that they know the identities of the people who burnt the building.
Speaking with reporters on the phone, Oladapo said: “We know the perpetrators but we won’t disclose yet. If they were strong enough, they should have come to his new house but they dare not. We are looking at the trend of things before we say anything.
“No one was injured. We are not going to do anything, we leave it to God. No cause for alarm, we are calm now so we can adequately plan our next move.”
Earlier on Tuesday, after the arson attack on his house, Igboho said he was not in a hurry to blame any individual or group for it.
Igboho said he would allow the authorities to investigate the incident.
“I cannot blame anyone right now for the attack, not even Fulani people,” he said by telephone hours after the attack. “We have to thank God that nobody was killed, it is more important.”
He said he moved out of the property about a year ago to a new property also in Soka, the same area in Ibadan, Oyo State.
Igboho had given a seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to leave the Ibarapa area of Oyo State, blaming them for the insecurity there.
Last week, shortly after Igboho’s visit to Igangan community in the state, the house and cars of the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, were burnt by some youths.
Abdulkadir later said he and his family had to trek from Oyo State to Ogun State, taking bush paths.
Since the Seriki Fulani’s belongings were gutted in the arson attack, some persons and groups, particularly from the North, have been calling for the arrest of Igboho, blaming him for the attack on the Fulani leader.
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