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Banditry: Fulani-Free Igangan Attacked, Scores Dead, Others Injured

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Another attack rocked Igangan, a southern Oyo town that was shot to limelight amid the Yoruba – Fulani security tension early this year. The latest attack was carried out at midnight and scores of persons lost their lives while others were injured.

Pictures obtained of the scene depicted horrible sights of severely hacked and wounded human bodies. These citizens were attacked on Sunday morning in their homes. An eyewitness interviewed at the venue of the incident confessed that “these are human bodies on the floor” and blaming the attack on Fulani militias.

Six bodies were confirmed dead,  a razed filling station and burnt vehicle were seen in the video produced by Premium Times. Survivors of the incidence confirmed that the attack was carried out by Fulani herdsmen, who have turned up for a reprisal attack on the ancient community. 

Abdukadir Salihu, the embattled leader of the Fulanis, was sent packing from Igangan following the consistent attacks on personalities around January in the state. The said move was championed by Sunday Adeyemo Igboho, a Pro-Yoruba right activist and comrade. He declared himself the warlord of the Yoruba people after he successfully chased them out of Igangan. 

The Yoruba people accused Saliu of masterminding, aiding and abetting serial attacks, rape, murder, destruction of farms and abductions of Yoruba people in the South-Western part of Nigeria. Saliu never confessed to doing most of these things.

Another resident and youth leader of the community attested to the fact that the said attack must have been carried out on the ancient community by the expelled Fulanis, not even when Seriki Saliu Umar’s son had consistently sent threatening messages, promising to return for retaliation.

Seyi Makinde, the governor of the state confirmed to have gotten wind of the incident but never linked it with the Fulanis, he admitted getting briefings as at the time he posted on Facebook.

Governor Seyi Makinde is popular for his balanced views on inter-tribal clashes. He earlier insisted that the Fulanis cannot be restricted from coming to southwest.

The attack which started during the midnight did not enjoy the immediate action of Police and Amotekun operatives, a  community leader and secretary of the farmers’ association in the area, Taiwo Adeagbo, said state support was slow to come as police and Amotekun lines were off. But help later came, including from agro rangers, police and hunters, he said.

He said at least five of the assailants were then killed.

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