Igangan Residents Cry Out As Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Scores In Attack On Oyo Town, Burnt Down

Igangan boils, Four Months After Sack Of Fulani Settlement

Residents of Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State have been reported killed when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders invaded the community at the weekend.

Daily Trust reported that the attack started at 11pm on Saturday night until 3am on Sunday.

A resident confirmed that several houses including the palace of the Asigangan of Igangan land, Oba Adewuyi Olaoye, were burned down by the assailants.

Another resident, Rotimi Etu, also reportedly confirmed he personally counted about 15 corpses on Sunday morning.

The newspaper reported that “the Oyo state command of the Nigeria Police Force on Sunday, however, confirmed that 11 died in the attack.

“The command, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Adewale Osifeso, said intelligence and tactical apparatuses consisting of Police Mobile Force personnel, Patrol units and other tactical teams in concert with local hunters and vigilantes from the Community were deployed to forestall further disintegration of law and order in the area.

“The community shot to public reckoning in late January, when herdsmen were evicted by youths led by the self-acclaimed Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho.

“Igboho had given the herders in Igangan a seven-day ultimatum and after the expiration stormed the settlement of Sarkin Fulani, Alhaji Abdulkadir Saliu to eject them.

“During the attack, houses and vehicles belonging to the Sarkin Fulani were razed. The Fulani leader was forced to relocate to Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

“Speaking on the development, the Convener, Igangan Development Advocates (IDA), Mr Oladiran Oladokun, who pegged the number of casualties at 15, said five attackers were also killed by the hunters who came out to confront them.

Oladokun said: “No state security apparatus got to us during the storm. If we had not made a little cover, perhaps, Igangan would have become a dunghill of ashes.”

“Meanwhile, the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Makinde, on Sunday, asked the residents of the state to remain calm, despite attack on the residents of Igangan.

“The Governor who posted his reaction on his Facebook page said: “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.”

On the contrary;

It’s a war on S’West — Adams

The leader of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Gani Adams said the latest attack is a declaration of war on South-West by the North, saying rather than 11 or 15, 50 persons were killed.

“In a situation like this, you rise and defend yourself. Where are the police when the bandits started killing our people in Igangan today?Even the palace of Asigangan of Igangan land,Oba Adewuyi Olaoye, were not spared and the monarch, according to reports had been whisked away by the bandits,” he stated in a statement

We have no hand in attack – Miyetti Allah

But the Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Oyo State, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar Jiji, denied the Fulani herdsmen had a hand in the attack and asked the state government to carry out thorough investigation and punish the attackers.

Acording to him, Fulani herdsmen in the state are peace-loving people who have been working hand in hand with the state government, traditional leaders, as well as the security agencies, to ensure peace and harmony with their host communities in Oyo State.

  Alhaji Salihu Abdulkadir, the Sarkin Fulani of the community, who was recently evicted from the town along with his entire family, said he knew nothing about the attack.

Abdulkadir said he had been waiting patiently to be compensated since he was attacked and his properties destroyed in the last six months.

His son, Umar Salihu Abdulkadir, told our correspondent that the notion that it was a reprisal attack was untrue.

“We don’t know the attackers. We don’t know anything about the attack. But some may be thinking it was a reprisal attack which was not so. We are not the only Fulani that were attacked in Igangan.

“Igangan has been a no-go area for Fulani after they evicted us from the region. Three days ago, they attacked a Fulani man at Igangan Round-about. He was killed and burnt to ashes. Also, last month, some Fulani traders were coming from Ayete market, four of them were inside a car, they were also attacked and burnt with their car. This kind of killing of Fulani herdsmen is so rampant in that region. And the Fulani they have been killing also have families. They may be the one behind the reprisal attack but for us, Sarki’s family, have no connection about the attack,” he said.

Nnamdi Kanu replies Aisha Yesufu, Shehu Sani, others over ESN’s attack

Kanu, on Sunday, had shared on his Facebook page how the ESN operatives invaded the camp of some herdsmen in Isiukwuato, Abia State, chasing them, burning their houses and killing their cows.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has hit back at human rights activist and co-convener of #BringBackOurGirls Movement, Aisha Yesufu, alongside former Nigerian senator Shehu Sani for condemning the actions of the Eastern Security Network operatives driving Fulani herdsmen out of Isiukwuato in Abia State.

Kanu, on Sunday, had shared on his Facebook page how the ESN operatives invaded the camp of some herdsmen in Isiukwuato, Abia State, chasing them, burning their houses and killing their cows.

The IPOB leader also quoted alongside the footage, “Video of men at work last night across all the towns and villages of the old Bende Division, especially Isiukwuato.”

“ESN has commenced the combing of parts of Isiukwuato forests last night and engagement with the enemy is ongoing and will continue until they no longer present a threat to our communities along that axis…” he added, sternly cautioning the herders.

In response to Kanu’s video, Yesufu, on her Twitter handle, labelled the occurrence as highly unacceptable and adding that that no one has control of violence.

“This is absolutely not acceptable. We cannot have security outfits taking laws into their own hands & maiming, killing & destroying properties. This is not acceptable. We must always remember no one has a monopoly of violence and intolerance and we can all be mad. Let the law guide us!” She tweeted.

Similarly, Sani, on his Facebook page, wrote “The unprovoked attacks on the Fulani cattle rearers and their cattle in Abia State is unreservedly a condemnable act.

“No group of individuals should be allowed to take the laws into their hands for the sake of peace, unity and stability of the country.

“The Federal Government and the Northern states must step up action and commence the grazing or ranching programs that will resettle the herdsmen and their cattle in the north.”

Kanu, in a statement issued on Monday, through the IPOB media and publicity secretary, Emma Powerful, said, “If you are one of the #Zoo animals suffering from an advanced form of Stockholm Syndrome, may it kill you there. We in the East are not, have never been and can never be slaves to any bunch of retards. Ask the British.

“We won’t tolerate any iota of killer Fulani herdsmen menace in the East. You may be comfortable with your wretched Fulanised existence where you are but we won’t live with that rubbish in the land of the Rising Sun. Where were you when our people were being slaughtered, raped and kidnapped in Isiukwuato? Talkative lunatics like Aisha Yusuf.”

In his statement, he also noted that ESN would start the implementation of its own anti-open grazing law in the South-East, as earlier said last week.

“In less than two weeks, #ESN will commence the full enforcement of Nigeria’s Anti-Grazing Law in the East. Turn into a cow then and see what shall become of you. You are about to understand how determined we are. You have the temerity to talk about the monopoly of violence?

“All these years Fulani murderers in your #Zoo army and police uniform have been killing Biafrans, what did you fools say? Why did you not open your stinking mouth to condemn your Alimajiri Hisbah Police? Did you not see them publicly destroying beverages worth billions of naira belonging to Biafrans, in full view of the public? Cowards and hypocrites!

“The era of Biafrans crying and lamenting the EU and UN has come and gone. The Dragon Flag has been raised! If you don’t know what it means, go and ask. By the time what is about to happen is concluded, you will see Somalia as paradise on earth.

“Yap all you like, hire every inch column of #Zoo newspaper as you like, there is no going back. You #Zoo animals are about to witness the type of madness you never knew existed. Aisha Yusuf, be very careful.”

We Want Government To Arrest Igboho, He’s Not More Powerful Than The Country” – Miyetti Allah

“We Want Government To Arrest Igboho, He’s Not More Powerful Than The Country” – Miyetti Allah

It’s no longer news that a lot of people have called for the arrest of “Sunday Igboho” because of the order he gave to “Fulani herdsmen” in “Oyo state”.

However, “Miyetti Allah” have insisted that “Sunday Igboho” should be arrested. After the meeting between “Miyetti Allah” and “Southwest Governors”, “Miyetti Allah” told the governors that “They want the Government to arrest Igboho because he’s not more powerful than the whole country”. They also told “Governor Makinde” to consider the “Fulani herdsmen” as his children.

Nevertheless, a lot Nigerians have reacted to what “Miyetti Allah” told the “southwest governors” about “Sunday Igboho”, here are their comments and reactions below.

So, do you think the Governor of “Oyo state” should arrest “Sunday Igboho” because of what he told the “Fulani herdsmen” in “Oyo state”?.

Thunderstorm kills 15 cows near Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti

Thunder struck on Saturday evening at the outskirt of Ikogosi Ekiti community, Ekiti West Local Government area of Ekiti State, leaving  no fewer than 15 cows dead.

GCFRNG gathered learnt that the incident happened at the Ikogosi Warm Spring site along Ipole -Ekiti road, the thunder was said to have struck during a torrential downpour that started around 4:00pm and ended at 6:02pm.

Narrating the incident, Asaoye of Ikogosi, Chief Ayo Ademilua said, “The whole town shook when the thunder struck. Later, some commuters coming into town and those returning home from their farmlands saw the Fulani herders who disclosed that it was thunder that killed the cattle.”

PHOTOS: Thunder strikes kill Fulani herders' 15 cows near Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti

According to Onikogosi of Ikogosi Ekiti, Oba Abiodun Olorunnisola, the herders have been making spirited efforts to sell the cows to residents, describing this as dangerous to the health of his people.

The monarch said he has reached out to his colleague at Ipole Ekiti, Oba Oladele Babatola, on the need to warn their subjects against consuming such desecrated meat.

“The two of us have alerted our subjects that there was an attempt to commence the sale of the cows and we are making concerted efforts to prevent intending buyers.” 

PHOTOS: Thunder strikes kill Fulani herders' 15 cows near Ikogosi Warm Spring in Ekiti

The monarch, however, called on the government to evacuate the carcasses of the cows to prevent the spread of communicable diseases in the two towns.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Mr. Sunday Abutu, said the incident has not been reported to the police, because it was a natural occurrence.

“We have not been told, but if the owner of the cattle later realises that someone was responsible, he will report at the police station and we will surely rise to the occasion, if such happens.”

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