No fewer than 20 people have been killed in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, as gunmen invaded the town on Saturday night.
It was gathered that the palace of the monarch of the town, as well as a popular filling station were were also razed by the suspected bandits.
The gunmen numbering about 50, were said to have arrived on 20 motorcycles and attacked the town around 11 pm.
The attack comes few days after the Chairman of Oyo State Security Network, codenamed, Amotekun, General Kunle Togun (rtd), alleged that foreign Fulanis had encamped in the entire South West and may strike if nothing was done urgently.
Confirming the attack, a former caretaker chairman of Ibarapa North Local Government, Tunji Omolewu, said he had to rush down around 5am on Sunday to see the level of destruction.
According to him, ”People had barely retired to bed when they said they sighted motorcycles entering the town. Before our people could know what was going on, they had started killing people. I got the call around 11 pm. We were on our way from Ekiti where we had gone to do the Yoruba nation rally.
“I got to Ibadan around 12 am and when the calls did not stop coming, I decided to come home. I have counted more than 20 dead bodies. The palace of our monarch was touched. Adolak filling station too was burnt. We are assembled here,” he said, almost breaking down in tears.
Also, a former caretaker chairman of neighbouring Ibarapa Central Local Government, Yemi Akinlabi, who is holidaying in the United States of America, said his phone was bombarded with calls.
”It is so sad. Only a few days ago, our people got intelligence report and forwarded it to the appropriate quarters for actions but here we are today. Are we going to continue to live in fear in our land? I have spoken to General Toogun about last night’s incident and we would want him and his team to do something. Our people must not be allowed to resort to self-help,” he added.
Reacting to the latest attack, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, appealed for calm, adding that security operatives are already on the spot for thorough investigation.
In a short statement posted on his official Facebook timeline, Makinde said that he received the news of the attack on resident of Igangan in the early hours of the morning.
“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.”