The Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, has denied involving with kidnappers at Igangan community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.
Recall that some leaders had accused Salihu Abdulkadir of being complicit in the negotiations of ransoms for abductions done by herdsmen.
The allegations came after the burning on his house last Friday by angry youths led by Sunday Adeyemi, popularly called Sunday Igboho.
But speaking to DailyTrust on Monday, the Sarkin Fulani asked those with evidence of his involvement to expose such.
Abdulkadir insisted that he has always provided such to security agents, stressing that many kidnappers have been apprehended through their aid.
He said: “I never collected anything from kidnappers or their victims, it is a mere allegation.
“Let them present their evidence. They had been saying this before, and I have responded to their baseless claims on several radio programmes.
“Let them provide the evidence to the police and let police (take action) if it is true.
“I have been aiding the security agencies in tackling kidnapping in the area.
“We have the police who have arrested many kidnappers in that region with our aid.”
Speaking further, the Sarkin Fulani accused some Yoruba twins, working for a popular thug, of been behind some abductions in the community.
“The kidnappers arrested were both Fulani and Yoruba. Among they were Taye and Keyinde, and they are the boys of a popular political thug. Their record is with the police,” he said.
He also denied reports that his armed thugs fired at Sunday Adeyemi during an attack on his residence.
“Let them produce the evidence as well. If I have guards who bear arms, the police are in the best position to say this.
“15 policemen that were deployed to my house after the quit notice. If I have guards, they (guards) would have resisted the youth that attacked us.
“We don’t bear any arms, we are law-abiding citizens. Let them provide the evidence of their allegation.
“I am ready to face them at the police headquarters or at the court of law,” he stated.