Fulani Communities in the Kwara South have cried out over to Federal, State governments and law enforcement
agencies to save them from hands of kidnappers who had been terrorizing and kidnapping their members recently.
The Fulani people resident in Ekiti, Oke Ero, Irepodun and Isin local Government Areas in Kwara made the appeal
in Ilorin while narrating their ordeals in the hands of kidnappers to newsmen.
Spokesman of the communities, Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim said about six of their members have so far been kidnapped at Oko, Omu Aran, Osi, Obbo Aiyegunle, Obbo-Ile, Ekan Meje and Otun in Ekiti State.
Ibrahim added that victims have been forced to pay ransoms ranging from N300, 000 to over a N1 million before
they could secure their release after some days in captivity.
He said the kidnappers have also been stealing cattle of the Fulanis in the areas and collecting proceeds of their cattle
sales after the cattle market days.
“A timber operator kidnapped around Obo Ayegunle was tied to the tree and N2million ransom demanded, but
was eventually saved when the kidnappers saw passers-by and took to their heels,” Ibrahim Added.
The spokesman lamented that the kidnappers were Fulani of Bororo extraction with few Yorubas recruited as their
operatives. He disclosed that one Ibrahim Dasuki (aka) Dowuro, a Fulani man and the kingpin of the kidnapping gang used to call prospective victims ahead demanding for money, or else they would be kidnapped.
Ibrahim told newsmen that the spate of kidnapping started three months ago when Mallam Arande Bororo was kidnapped in Omu Aran, Headquarters of Irepodun LGA.
He said Dasuki had earlier instructed one of the gang members, Azeez Abdullahi to call the victim and was eventually kidnapped when he did not pay the N300, 000 ransom demanded.
– Abioye Olarewaju, Ilorin