Salisu Adamu aka Ayeye is a Fulani with a difference. When other Fulanis are being perceived as evil and castigated, he is seen as a good man. A well-behaved neighbour. When men lost their manhood and turned to a jellier, he rose to liberate the helpless, hapless, frustrated and those in captivity. Adamu is kidnappers nightmare.
They pray never to get in contact with him because meeting him is like going to their Golgotha- meeting their waterloo. He is considered a friend and helper by the intelligence and security agencies within Akoko area of Ondo state and Kabba in Kogi state. Residents of Akunnu Akoko see him as a brave man. A hero of a sort.
They claim he had successfully arrested three kidnappers after two different operations. A fact a Senior Police Officer confirmed at the Divisional Police station in Ikare Akoko. Adamu in a telephone chat said a Fulani man was the first kidnapper he arrested. Four AK47, a long chain which he used in tying his victims were recovered from him. His words; “ In 2018, I was in my ‘ruga’ with my cows when a soldier called me and told me that a man was kidnapped between Akunnu Akoko and Isua Akoko. I got a motorcyclist to take me inside the forest. I know the route very well because I have lived in Akoko-Kabba axis for over 30 years. I was born inside our ‘ruga’ at Kabba, was with my father for about 15 years before I moved to Akunnu Akoko. “When the kidnappers saw us they started shooting us but I assured the cyclist that nothing will happen to him. When they discovered that I was determined to catch all of them, they took to their heels but I was able to capture one of them. I recovered four AK47 from their camp, untied their victim and handed over the recovered guns to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), Ikare. In 2019, he said he was also called by security agents that some kidnappers had taken some people hostage inside the forest. He moved inside the forest and captured two of the kidnappers who are Egbiras from the neighbouring Kogi state. He confirmed that he works with the Department of State Services (DSS) the Police and soldiers in making the Akunnu- Isua axis of the road a – no – go – area to kidnappers and other criminal elements. An Abuja based media consultant and an indigene of Akunmu Akoko Mr Tayo Oluwole lamented that the selfless work Adamu is performing for the community has not been appreciated by both the Ondo state government and the security agencies.
“In a sane society, Adamu should be celebrated and honoured. Government and its agencies should do things that would make citizens want to die for their country,” he stressed. Another community leader and retired educationist, Elder Blessing Aboginije appealed to the state government to appreciate the role of Adamu, a Fulani man in their community.