Panic on Saturday gripped President Muhammadu Buhari after a community leader in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho threatened to evict more Fulani herdsmen from the South-West.
His supporters had on Friday evicted Fulani herdsmen from Igangan village in the area after accusing them of kidnapping and killing some prominent people of the state.
Igboho in a tweet said the operation would extend to all parts of the region.
He said: “This one we have started here in Oyo State will not end here. We are going to other parts of the South-West. Tell herdsmen in Ekiti State, Ondo State and Osun states; in fact, in all South-West states that we are coming.”
The clash between his supporters after the expiration of a quit order to Fulani herdsmen reportedly claimed two lives and the home of the leader of the readers.
However, in a swift reaction, Buhari ordered the outgoing Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu to arrest Igboho and charge him to court.
Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, confirmed to BBC Hausa that the order had been given.
He said Adamu had directed the new Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest Igboho and tranafer him to Abuja.
“Garba said he just got off the telephone with the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, who confirmed to him that he had ordered the arrest of Igboho, who is to be brought to Abuja.
“Igboho is among topics that have generated public discuss on social media in Nigeria on Friday since he visited Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government (of Oyo State) where he insisted that all Fulani residents in Oyo State, must leave as long as kidnapping continues.
“Mallam Garba Shehu said government was having a hard time punishing (such) offenders because of the activities of human rights organisations.
“Garba Shehu said the order given by the Inspector General of Police, for now, is that Igboho should be arrested and brought to Abuja to be taken to court to face prosecution.”
Igboho, who is the Akoni Oodua of Yoruba land and a grassroots politician, had asked herdsmen in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State to leave within seven days, blaming the leadership of the Fulani of being behind the rising insecurity in the state.
Violence however erupted in Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday when Sunday Igboho and his supporters reportedly stormed the Fulani settlement in the town to eject the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems in the area.
Unconfirmed reports claimed that some persons were killed while properties worth several millions of naira were set ablaze during the clash which occurred in the evening.