- Salihu Abdulkadir, a Fulani leader in Oyo state has reacted to the allegations made against him in the media
- The pastoralist disclosed how he has been helping to check kidnappings in Igangan community
- Abdulkadir revealed why the accusations against him are false
The Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, has said people from both Fulani and Yoruba tribes were involved in the crime of kidnapping.
Abdulkadir made the statement on Sunday, January 24, when a delegation of the state government visited Igangan community in Ibarapa north local government area of the state on a peace mission.
According to Daily Trust, he said the arrest of some suspected kidnappers in the area had confirmed that people from both tribes engaged in criminal activities.
“The kidnappers arrested were both Fulani and Yoruba. Among they were Taye and Keyinde, and they are the boys of a popular political thug. Their record is with the police.”
He also asked those accusing him of supporting kidnappings to present their evidence against him.
The Fulani leader stated that media reports alleging that he was complicit in the negotiations of ransoms for abductions done by herdsmen in the community were false.
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“I never collected anything from kidnappers or their victims, it is a mere allegation.
“Let them present their evidence. They had been saying this before, and I have responded to their baseless claims on several radio programmes. Let them provide the evidence to the police and let police (take action) if it is true.''
He disclosed that he has been assisting security agencies in tackling kidnapping in the area.
Abdulkadir who stated that he has nothing to hide said he is ready to face his accusers at the police headquarters or in a court.
Meanwhile, despite their initial refusal to obey the directives of the state government, herdsmen who are illegally occupying the state's forest reserves have started registering their businesses.
The government said this will be used in ejecting unregistered herders from the state’s forest reserves.
This was disclosed by the special adviser to the state governor on security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, Punch reported.
Source: Legit.ng News