Oyo State Police Command says “unidentified hoodlums” were responsible for setting a house belonging to Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, on fire.
ALEDEH News had earlier reported that Igboho’s house situated at Soka area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had been engulfed in flames in the early hours of Tuesday.
Reacting to the incident, the Police in Oyo said the fire was deliberately set by hoodlums who arrived the scene “firing sporadically.”
In a statement by Police spokesman, Olugbenga Fadeyi, the command said officers were on the trail of the hoodlums.
“At about 0620 hrs of today 26/01/2021, report was received at Sanyo Police Station that some unidentified hoodlums came to Sunday Igboho’s house at SOKA area of Ibadan in a Hummer bus and Micra firing sporadically, and set the house ablaze,” the statement read.
“The mini sitting room got burnt in the process while amount of other properties is yet to be estimated.
“Immediately the DPO Sanyo got wind of the incident, he contacted Fire service while he also went to the scene for on the spot assessment.
“The fire was eventually put out.
“Investigation has commenced into the incident while the Police is on the trail of the hoodlums.”
Igboho, an Oyo indigene, has been in the news lately due to the tensions between herders and residents of Igangan community in the Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State.
He had issued a quit notice to the herders over allegations of kidnappings, killings, rape, and other violent activities.
The ultimatum expired last week, prompting Igboho to hold a massive rally in the community after which some houses and properties in the herders’ settlements were torched, according to the Police. The Police blamed Igboho’s presence in the community for the mayhem.
The State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has also condemned Igboho’s action, charging the Police to go after criminal elements stoking ethnic tension.