Igboho: Gani Adams wants arsonists arrested, police trail hoodlums

Published January 27, 2021
Olufemi Olaniyi and Wale Oyewale

The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland , Aare Gani Adams , has asked the police to arrest of arsonists responsible for the fire at one of the houses of Yoruba rights activist , Sunday Adeyemo , aka Sunday Igboho .
This is as the Oyo State Police Command said it was trailing the hoodlums who committed the act .
The one -story building , located in Ibadan , the state capital, was gutted by fire around 3 am on Tuesday , damaging property that Igboho put at N 50 m .
Igboho has been in the news for issuing notice to quit to killer herdsmen in Oyo State .
Meanwhile, the police said it received reports that hoodlums loaded in a bus and taxi were responsible for the arson.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi , in a statement said the arsonists reportedly shot into the air as they set fire to the house .
The police statement reads partly, “ The mini sitting room got burnt in the process.
“ Immediately the DPO Sanyo got wind of the incident , he contacted fire service while he also went to the scene . The fire was eventually put out . Investigation has commenced into the incident while the police is on the trail of the hoodlums .”
Also, the Oyo State Fire and Safety Services in a statement by the agency ’s Director of Operations, Mr Adeleke Ismail , said the fire incident affected a set of sofa , a Plasma Television, an air conditioner and other items at the waiting room of the building .
“ Information made available to our agency indicated that the fire was as a result of arson, as an individual, who described himself as Mr. Wale and claimed to be an occupant of the building , informed our crew that there were sporadic gunshots in the area , after which fire broke out in the affected house , ” the statement said.
But Aare Gani Adams , in a statement on Tuesday , said failure to investigate the fire outbreak at Igboho ’ s house could heat up the polity.
Adams , who condemned those behind the fire incident , said “ the fire outbreak is an attempt to frustrate the young man. ”
He said, “ It is unfortunate that some powerful individuals in the South – West are not happy with what is happening in the region .
“ The ugly incident speaks volumes of the spate of insecurity across the country . The government is in the best position to investigate the circumstances surrounding the ugly incident so that they will not overheat the polity.”
He also commended the South – West governors for raising their voices against night and under -aged grazing across the region.

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