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.”
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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.
YORUBA activist Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a Sunday Igboho) on Tuesday alleged that some Yoruba leaders were supporting criminal herders to perpetrate their nefarious activities in the Southwest.
He also alleged that such leaders supported those who burnt one of his houses in Ibadan, Oyo State, in the early hours of Tuesday.
Igboho, who fielded questions from reporters in his damaged residence at Soka area, challenged those who have scores to settle with him to confront him, instead of setting his house ablaze.
The police have begun investigation into the destruction of Igboho’s property, according to the Oyo State Police Command spokesman Gbenga Fadeyi.
The embattled activist said he lost property worth N50 million.
Explaining how the fire was put out, the Director of Operations, Oyo State Fire and Safety Service, Adeleke Ismail said: “The Oyo State Fire Service Agency was called to the fire incident at exactly 03.20 hours of Tuesday, 26th January 2021 through a GSM number.
“Instantly, our men moved to the location with the new Mercedes Fire Tender FS 10 OY with four personnel from the Molete Station and on arrival at the house, which was located at Soka area of Ibadan, found out that the waiting room and passage of the three-bedroom flat were alight.”
The Service said a resident, who identified himself as Mr. Wale, drew its attention to incident.
It said: “The fire ravaged the following items: a set of sofa in the waiting room where the fire started, a Plasma TV, an air conditioner and other items in the waiting room.
“At about 04.30 hours, the fire truck and four personnel of the Agency led by Principal Fire Superintendent II, Ogunkanbi, returned to the station and stand by for operational duties.”
Igboho denied enjoying any financial patronage from politicians, challenging any politician with a genuine claim that he was paid to do what he is doing to come out.
He said until the herders who are killing people in the region move out, he will not be deterred.
Igboho also chided a Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, for his remarks about him, saying he never met him.
Igboho said: “What is surprising to me is that I never expected that we Yoruba people should be in support of the evils being perpetrated by the herdsmen. I am surprised that the Fulani are killing our people in our own territory. They rape and kidnap our people.
“It is a terrible thing. So, I am trying to repel them. But, it is shocking to me that, despite the efforts that I am making some Yoruba people are supporting Fulani herdsmen to set my house on fire. It is so distressing and it saddens me.
“For now, I am not suspecting anybody. But, Yoruba people would say there is no action without a cause; it is a pointer to the fact that enemies within are at work. Inasmuch as I am their target they should have come to my house to confront me.
“I would have been able to pin some of them down to get to root of this. they wouldn’t have gone scotfree. Now, they resulted to destroying my property.
“It is until the Fulani men who are killing our people move out that the scores would be settle. And, there is no politician who can induce or pay me for the course that I am running.
“Since the herdsmen go about perpetrating heinous crimes, government never intervened. It is not just happening today. It was my visit that opened the cans of warm.
“I needed to go to there because it is where I come from. They are my family members. It is the same tribal marks that I am wearing that Dr. Aborode who was killed had on his face. I can’t keep mum in the face of oppression and humiliation.
“Any politician who has a genuine claim that I was paid to do this should come forth. Nobody is bankrolling me. The simple point that I am making is that there might be peace in Yoruba land. The Fulani herdsmen should not subject us in our own territory. But, it is disheartening that fellow Yoruba men would gang up against a just course.
“I heard that Femi Ojudu alleged that I had a meeting with him in Ibadan in 2009 during the election period.
“I can see clearly that he is mentally sick. when people came to confirm or deny Ojodu’s claim I responded by saying that he should swear with the life of his children if he ever had a meeting with me.
He added: “I see that my agitation against the killer herdsmen is being politicised to discredit my personality to get me distressed but their plot would fail. The schemes by the politicians would not stand. All the lies being peddled against me by Femi Ojudu would fail.
“I never knew him and they are cooking lies against me. It is until the Fulani men who are killing our people move out that the scores would be settle. And, there is no politician who can say I’m involved in heinous crimes and government never intervened. It is not just happening today. It was my visit that opened the cans of warm.”
Igboho also dissociated himself from the various accounts on social media platforms, especially Facebook and Twitter, posting unverified information in his name.
He warned Nigerians not to be scammed by persons using his name on social media platforms, saying the accounts are being operated fraudulently by impostors.
We’ll secure Ibarapa, says Oyo Speaker
OYO State House of Assembly Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin said the government will secure the lives and properties of the people of Ibarapa
The Speaker, who urged residents to brace for security challenges, said a security summit has been scheduled for tomorrow in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area.
He said security chiefs, traditional rulers, religious and community leaders, representatives of ethnic groups, youths, and farmers will brainstorm at the meeting.
Ogundoyin said: “Security and welfare of citizens is the primary responsibility of government. My meetings with different stakeholders and security chiefs in the last few weeks on the spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, assassination and other crimes in Ibarapa land have revealed the need for a synergy of plans.
“Normally, security plans and strategies are not made public in crisis situation like this. However, we will work in tandem with the stakeholders and security heads to ensure implementation of our strategies.
“This is why all stakeholders are expected to attend the summit so that we can further fine tune ways of securing our land and exposing the evil doers who are all out to shed our blood and dispossess us of our hard-earned money and properties.”
The speaker said farmers/herders clashes in Ibarapa and across Oyo State will be addressed permanently once the law on anti-open rearing and grazing of livestock, which he sponsored and was passed by the Assembly, is fully implemented.
He added: “However, we must not allow the situation to degenerate into full blown tribal or ethnic feud. We must avoid turning our land to a war zone. Everything possible must be done to ensure that our land does not become a battle field or a war zone.
“Nobody prays for war in our land and this is why we have to come to a roundtable so as to agree on how best to approach this issue.”
People’s attention have been drawn to what Chief Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho wore to Igangan town, in a video which went viral today. Popular Nigerian activist, Sunday Igboho reportedly stormed the town of Igangan, Ayete in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State today.
Today’s incident comes after Sunday Igboho issued seven days ultimatum to Fulani residents to vacate the town.
Igboho proceeded to enforce his ultimatum today, contrary to Governor Makinde’s stand concerning the eviction notice. The Governor of Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde had directed that nobody reserved the right to order anyone out of Oyo state.
People however paid attention to what Sunday wore to Igangan town today with many of them claiming he wore “Traditional bulletproof” beneath his shirt.
Some individuals even went as far as giving an example of the type of bulletproof which they claim Sunday wore to the town.
Reacting to the claims of the traditional bulletproof in the video of Subday Igboho, a man writes, “Not even arrow, sword or dagger can penetrate his body”
Speaking in the new video, Igboho said: ” Who says we are not going again? In fact, we are going right now. We thank Alaafin. I said earlier that we have backing of ‘Iku Baba Yeye’.
“I swear with God that has my life that we will go to Ibarapa today. I’m talking from my house right now on Friday morning. We are preparing to go Ibarapa, let me finish my tea.
“I’m promising my brothers and sisters that peace will reign back supreme in the land. Whoever in Yorubaland that is backing the Fulanis to perpetrate their crime, will perish with their generation”, Igboho speaks with anger.
The Oyo state government has permitted cross-over service in the state.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, Governor Makinde stated that the 12 am to 4 am curfew earlier imposed on states by the Federal Government has been lifted.
The statenent reads
“Following a review of the pronouncement of the Technical Team of the Task Force on COVID-19 in Oyo State on 29th December 2020, His Excellency, the Executive Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, FNSE, has magnanimously directed that the 12 midnight to 4 a.m. curfew be lifted.
“The governor has also warned citizens and residents of Oyo State to ensure strict compliance with the guidelines, protocols and advisories as laid down by the OYO State COVID-19 Task Force aimed at limiting the transmission of the disease in our communities.
“Secondly, he has directed that enforcement of these guidelines and protocols in accordance with the law will be applied as appropriate, enjoining individuals and organizations to comply and by so doing ensure that we all spread the joy of this season and not the virus.”