UPDATED: 20 killed, vehicles, petrol station razed as killer Fulani herdsmen invade Igangan

By AdvocateNews on 06/06/2021

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No fewer than 20 persons have been reportedly killed by suspected killer Fulani herdsmen at Igangan, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Residents said the attack started at around midnight on Sunday. Latest reports said the assailants who were said to be many reportedly shot dead several people.

A truck loaded with cassava flour and some cars were said to have been set ablaze by the rampaging gunmen during the midnight attack.

Some of the residents of Ayete, which is the headquarters of Ibarapa North Local Government Council told newsmen that residents of Igangan sent messages across to them and others in Ibarapa communities to help them get across to security agencies to come to their rescue.

The Secretary of Farmers’ Union, Mr. Taiwo Adeagbo who is popularly known as Akowe Agbe raised an alarm  around 12:39 am that the town was under a serious attack.

He said, ” At last notorious terrorist herdsmen are now waging war against lgangan. The situation is a very serious one.

“They are shooting everywhere. It is very serious now. They have killed, burnt vehicles and committed series of atrocities.

“They killed many people. We will ascertain the number of the victims in the morning time.

But at 3:12 am Adeagbo said the shooting had reduced.
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Akowe Agbe later said around 5 am that ” The Fulani terrorists killed no fewer than five persons in Igangan.

” Security agents also killed five of the terrorists. But we will know the extent of damage and.the.number of victims in the morning.

” The terrorists also set a petrol station ablaze, cars were also burnt and a truck loaded with cassava flour travelling to Ibadan was also razed.”

The Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, Oladiran Oladokun, also told our correspondent that the attack had subsided at around 3 am.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Adewale Osifeso, could not be reached and he was yet to reply to the messages sent to him by our correspondent.

There have been reports of attacks against residents by Fulani herdsmen in Igangan and other parts of Ibarapaland.

Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho had in January issued a seven-day ultimatum to the Seriki Fulani, Abdukadir Salihu, who was accused of being behind many of the attacks.

On the expiration of the ultimatum, angry youths from Ibarapa communities invaded the Seriki’s residence and destroyed his property.

Meanwhile, The unprovoked attacks have been confirmed by the former caretaker chairman of the council, Mr Tunji Omolewu, who said he rushed down to Igangan this morning to verify the attacks.

He said, “I got the call around 11 pm. We were on our way from Ekiti where we had gone to do the Yoruba nation rally. I got to Ibadan around 12 am and when the calls did not stop coming, I decided to come home. I have counted more than 20 dead bodies. The palace of our monarch was torched. Adolak filling station too was burnt”.

Also speaking, Mr Adeagbo confirmed the attacks adding that he couldn’t verify the casualty figure.

He said, “Yes, it is true. Fulani herders came in the night to attack our people. They killed many people. I’m there now counting the number of dead people. I don’t know how many for now because we are still counting.”

 A resident said the attackers were more than 50. They came on 20 motorcycles around 11 pm. They started shooting, stabbing, and clubbing our people.

“We don’t know what is happening now. We have shouted, cried and appealed for help but none came. These people have been killing us one by one. But, now more than 20 people have been killed in this fresh attack.”

“You know we sent them away from here when they were kidnapping and raping our women. Perhaps, this is a reprisal. Is this how we will continue to live our lives?

Also confirming the attack, a former caretaker chairman of neighbouring Ibarapa Central, Yemi Akinlabi, said, “It is so sad. Only a few days ago, our people got an intelligence report and forwarded it to the appropriate quarters for actions but here we are today. Are we going to continue to live in fear in our land? I have spoken to General Toogun about last night’s incident and we would want him and his team to do something. Our people must not be allowed to resort to self-help”.

Posted 06/06/2021 10:31:56 AM

 

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