OPC raise alarm as herdsmen ‘invade’ Ibadan community
NEWSMAN – Residents of Maje, Soka area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital are in trepidation following the alleged invasion of the area by about 300 suspected herdsmen.
Rotimi Olumo Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress in Oyo State who told newsmen that residents of the area alerted him, said he went to the area and saw the three luxury buses that brought the suspected herdsmen to the area.
Olumo said the people, who suspected that the herdsmen had a suspicious mission in the area, prevented them from disembarking from the vehicles.
He said he alerted the police and some policemen from Sanyo Police Station were deployed.
The OPC coordinator said he was surprised to see a large number of Fulani people in the area, saying the area is not Sabo – a popular settlement for northerners.
When asked if the passengers came with their cattle, he said no but stated that they were suspected to be herdsmen.
“I received a series of calls this morning that some luxury buses brought some Fulani and Bororo herdsmen numbering about 300 to the area. They came around 7 am today. I went to the place and discovered that all the passengers in the vehicles are Fulani and Bororo, PUNCH reported.
“There is no Igbo, no Yoruba among them. This made the people suspicious and we have to be vigilant because of the security situation all over the country. We asked them questions but they refused to disclose their destination. So, we invited the police to come and see them,” Olumo said.
“Policemen came from Sanyo Police Station and their response was very prompt. They took the buses to their station and parked them there before I left. One of the Fulani people came down to talk with the police but I didn’t know what they discussed. But everybody must be vigilant, he added.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olugbenga Fadeyi, when contacted by our correspondent did not pick the phone and was yet to respond to the text message sent to him on this matter.