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.