IGANGAN ATTACKS: Read What Governor Akeredolu Advises Nigerians To Do
Following the wanton killing of people in Oyo State over the weekend, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has asked Nigerians to rise against herdsmen onslaught in the South-West after a fresh attack in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, that left 15 dead and several properties destroyed.
This is as the South-West Governors’ Forum chairman, who spoke in Akure, the capital of Ondo, on Sunday, approved joint operations for the Western Nigeria Security Network better known as Amoteku, to curb rising insecurity in the region.
According to Akeredolu, the latest attack on Ibarapa is “a cowardly onslaught,” thereby charging security agencies “to get to the root of this latest act of provocation.”
Fifteen residents of Igangan in Ibarapa were reported killed when gunmen suspected to be Fulani herders invaded the community at the weekend.
Daily Trust reported that the attack started at 11 pm on Saturday night until 3 am 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.
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Another resident, Rotimi Etu, also reportedly confirmed he personally counted about 15 corpses on Sunday morning.
Akeredolu went on to call on well-meaning and peace-loving Nigerians to denounce the attack, saying, “this latest assault is on decency and communal harmony.”
He continued, “We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the people of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end.
“We have just received, with rude shock, premeditated attacks on our people at Igangan in Ibarapa area of Oyo state, in the early hours of today (Sunday).
“This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned the loss of lives and property on a large scale. It is horrendous, callous, and highly provocative. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realised.”
Akeredolu said, “It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We, on our parts, are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression.
“On this, there will be no compromise. We cannot afford to fail.”
The governor also asked people in the South-West not to let their guard down urging them to immediately report any suspicious movement in their communities.