By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed that there are proofs that showed that Dr. Fatai Aborode who was killed recently while returning from his farm in Igangan was slain for political reasons.
He also claimed the killing may not have been perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen as alleged, linking the insecurity in the state to criminal elements hell bent on destroying his administration.
Makinde made this known in a live interview with newsmen to discuss governance issues on BCOS TV on Saturday.
He said the murderers of Dr. Aborode might be Yoruba because those who allegedly perpetrated the act were said to be speaking Yoruba.
Responding to questions about Fulani herdsmen in Ibarapa zone of the state especially an alleged Fulani warlord named Wakili reportedly terrorising residents of the zone, Governor Makinde also said security had always been one of the main focus of his administration.
He further explained that the Amotekun Corp was established to strengthen security in Oyo State, the Ibarapa axis included.
He, however, noted that while the government was doing all of these, there were still some challenges as people are spreading fake news.
Gov. Makinde cited the case of Dr Fatai Aborode who was murdered in Igangan.
He pointed out that when Dr Aborode was murdered, the rider of the motorcycle that carried him was not hurt at all.
Also, other people who were stopped alongside the doctor escaped unharmed and confirmed that his murderers were speaking the Yoruba language.
He said that this proved that those who said that Dr Aborode was murdered by Fulani herdsmen were lying.
“Dr Fatai Aborode who was murdered in Igangan is someone I have known for a long time. Losing him was very upsetting. But Oyo State is not a jungle. We have to find solutions.
“When I visited Dr Aborode’s father, Baba said Dr Aborode was on a motorbike when he was attacked. The rider was not hurt at all. Other people were stopped too and nothing happened to them. The attackers were speaking Yoruba.
“I spoke to the security agents and asked them what has been done and directed the CP that the person who did this should be arrested.
“He has now been arrested and he said he will name all the people that were there on that day. I believe very soon we will get to the bottom of it”.
The governor concluded by saying that he was not disputing the fact that there are criminal elements among the Fulanis.
He, however, said that that the target should be criminals no matter their ethnicity and not one ethnic group in the state.
He said, “I am not saying we don’t have Fulani criminals. Yes, we do. However, we must remember that our enemies are criminals no matter their ethnicity. So we must remain focused on going after criminals.”