Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has invited the evicted Sarkin Fulani of Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, to Abuja over last Sunday’s violence, which claimed many lives in the community.
The invitation to Abuja is coming on the heels of a petition by an international human rights organisation to the justice minister.
Confirmed sources close to the Sarkin Fulani, confirmed this in Ilorin, Kwara State capital, on Monday, that the Sarkin is billed to meet the minister on Tuesday in Abuja.
Efforts to reach the Sarkin Fulani, who relocated to Ilorin, after his eviction early this year from Igangan proved abortive as he was said to be on his way to Abuja to honour the minister’s invitation on Tuesday.
Recall that the Sunday violence, which lasted between 11.p.m and 3a.m, was allegedly carried out by suspected herdsmen.
About 18 persons were reportedly killed, houses burnt while the monarch’s residence was also not spared during the attack.
Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, had early this year sent Sarkin Fulani and his people packing from their Igangan base following allegations of kidnapping and other crimes.
Abdulkadir’s house was also burnt with properties worth millions of naira destroyed during an attack on his domain in Igangan.
However, the Sarkin had insisted that he was innocent of all the allegations levelled against him arguing that he had rather assisted the police to apprehend kidnappers in the community.
He also accused indigenes of the community of being the masterminds in connivance with some politicians.