Fulani group seeks return, compensation for exiled seriki in Igangan

A socio-cultural group, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria has canvassed compensation and return of Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Alh Salihu AbdulKadir to his former abode.

The group in a statement it issued on Sunday is calling on both the Federal and Oyo State governments to pay compensation to AbdulKadir for the losses that he incurred during a fracas with some youths of the area.

The statement was signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of GADFAN, Alhaji Sulaiman Yakubu, and Ibrahim Abdullahi respectively.

Specifically, the Abuja-based group wants both governments to compensate Abdukadir for the loss he and his household suffered during the alleged attack on their settlement by a Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho.

It also called for the prosecution of Igboho and others involved in the unleashing of violence on Sarkin Igangan as well as the destruction of his property.

The association made these demands in a statement issued after its officials paid a solidarity visit to Alhaji Salihu in Ilorin, Kwara State.

While calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Sunday Igboho, the association said, “To our greatest surprise and dismay, up to this moment Sunday Igboho is moving freely as if nothing happened.

“The GADFAN, therefore, calls on the federal and Oyo State governments to ensure that justice is done to Salihu AbdulKadir and his people by way of not only ensuring that Igboho and his boys are apprehended and brought to book but that Sarkin Fulani and his people be compensated and returned to their homes.

“The attack led to the burning and total destruction of all his (Sarkin Fulani Igangan) houses, household items, and his animals that include cows, sheep, goats, turkeys, a school, shops, and a mosque; all worth over N500 million.”

It vowed to explore all peaceful and legal means to ensure that justice is done to all parties, adding that, “We are already in consultation with our lawyers and we will soon take all the necessary legal steps if nothing is done by the relevant authorities to address the issue.”

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