Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the arrest of a youth leader, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, over the quit notice he issued to herdsmen.
BBC Hausa Service quoted presidential spokeman, Garba Shehu, as confirming the arrest order during an interview on Friday.
Shehu reportedly said the IGP informed him of his directive to Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest Igboho and transfer him to Abuja.
Igboho had asked herdsmen in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo to leave within seven day, following reports of the killings and kidnappings of residents of the area.
He had blamed herders and Fulanis, including Saliu Kadri, the Seriki Fulani, of being behind the rising insecurity in the area.
The quit notice generated tension in parts of the state, prompting Governor Seyi Makinde, to ask the Police to arrest those fomenting trouble under the guise of protecting the interest of Yoruba people.
“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” the governor told the police commissioner on Friday.