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At least 15 people have been reported dead when gunmen attacked Igangan, a town in Oyo state located in Ibarapa area of the state.
The Igangan community has been under the spotlight over repeated clashes between herders and farmers; and in recent times, over the ejectiion of wo Fulani leaders in the town, Seriki Saliu and Iskilu Wakili enforced by Oduduwa Republic activist, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho.
Mr. Abiodun Adegoke, a youth leader in Igangan, said gunmen suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen, invaded the town late on Saturday, burning fuel stations, houses, shops and the palace of Oba Lasisi Adeoye, the monarch of the town.
He added that 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.”
Igangan Residents Flee As Fulani Herdsmen Kill Scores In Renewed Attack On Oyo Community, Burnt Down Houses
In the meantime, Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has called for calm after suspected killer Fulani herdsmen attacked Igangan, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of the state.
During the attack, a truck loaded with cassava flour and some cars were said to have been set ablaze by the gunmen.
Reacting to the incident, Makinde who took to his verified Twitter handle on Sunday described it as shocking.
The governor, however, said ?security operatives are now in control of the situation.
“I have received the shocking news of the attacks on residents of Igangan, Ibarapaland, in the early hours of this morning. I am currently being briefed on the incidents. I urge residents to remain calm as security operatives are now in control of the situation,” he tweeted.