Suspected Fulani herdsmen kill 15 in overnight attack on Oyo community


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Suspected Fulani herdsmen have killed at least 15 persons in an overnight attack on Igangan, a town in Oyo state located in Ibarapa area of the state.

Igangan has been under the spotlight for more than five years with frequent clashes erupting intermittently between farmers and herders, resulting in deaths and life-changing injuries.

It would be recalled that few months back, two Fulani leaders in the town, Seriki Saliu and Iskilu Wakili were ejected from Ibarapa land by local security outfits after they were accused of conniving with kidnappers who abducted some of the indigenes of Ibarapa area for ransom. Some of the kidnapped victims were killed even after ransom was paid.

In a story monitored on TheCable, an Igangan youth Leader Abiodun Adegoke, who spoke to the online media outlet said the attack happened early on Sunday, when gunmen suspected to be of Fulani origin invaded the town late on Saturday, burning fuel stations, houses, shops and the palace of Oba Lasisi Adeoye, the monarch of the town. He said the armed men operated till the early hours of Sunday.

”You need to come to Igangan now to see the destruction here and ruins off the town after the attack. Around 11 pm on Saturday, Fulanis in large number stormed our community and began to burn all petrol stations. They burned shops, houses and the palace of our king. They burnt several houses too,” he said

“They killed 10 people and injured many others. They used sophisticated weapons in the attack. But their activities were later repelled by men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency (codenamed Amotekun) and youths in the town. Four of the attackers were killed while others fled. As I speak to you, there are dead bodies in front of me.”

As at the time of this report, efforts to speak with Adewale Osifeso, the police public relations officer, Oyo state command was unsuccessful as his mobile telephone was switched off.

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