As gunmen opened fire last night in Igangan, one of the towns in the Ibarapa North local government, more than 20 people are alleged to have been killed.
The Palace of the Asigangan and a popular petroleum station were both destroyed.
Bandits believed to number 50 destroyed the buildings around 11 pm, when more than 20 motorcycles invaded the town.
Few days earlier, the chairman of the Oyo State Security Network codenamed Amotekun Corps, General Kunle Togun (rtd), alleged that foreign Fulanis had encamped in the entire southwest region and may strike if nothing is done promptly.
According to Tunji Omolewu, former caretaker chairman of the council, he had to rush down around 5 a.m. today to investigate the incident.
People had just retired to bed when they said they saw motorcycles entering the town. People were being killed before our people even knew what was happening.
Around 11 pm, I received the call. From Ekiti, where we had attended the Yoruba nation rally, we were on our way home. After I got to Ibadan around 12 am, I decided to go home after the calls didn’t stop coming.
More than 20 bodies have been found. Our monarch’s palace was set ablaze. The Adolak filling station was also destroyed. “We’re here…” he said, almost breaking down in tears.
Former caretaker chairman of neighbouring Ibarapa Central, Yemi Akinlabi, who is on holiday in the United States, said his phone has been inundated with calls.
“This is so sad. Only a few days ago, our people received an intelligence report and forwarded it to the appropriate quarters for action, but here we are now. Will we continue to live in fear in our land? I have spoken to General Toogun about last night’s incident, and I would like him and his team to do something about it. “We cannot allow our people to resort to self-help,” he said.