On Saturday night, armed men suspected to be bandits invaded Igangan, one of the 7 principal towns of Ibarapa land in Oyo State, the bandits were said to have terrorized the town, killing an undisclosed number of persons.
CRIMECHANNELS learnt that the bandits who arrived the town on about 20 motorcycles were about 50 in number. After killing several people including children, they burnt some houses, filling stations as well as the Palace of the the Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye.
While the numbers of casualties can not be ascertained as of the time of filing this report,some residents from the affected town have claimed that the numbers of deceased persons is up to 20.
The Secretary of Farmers Union in Igangan, Mr Taiwo Adeagbo, told newsmen that no fewer than 10 lives were lost during the invasion.
He added that the bandits invaded the town on Saturday night, at about 11pm. He said they also shot at 5 residents dead.
He said, ”The Fulani terrorists wage war on Igangan from around 11pm on Saturday up until Sunday. They burnt many properties, including cars, a truck and a petrol filling station. We really can not tell the exact number of people they killed for now. We will find out the numbers of those injured and the number of properties they destroyed later.”
He however, added that some security agents who arrived the scene engaged the bandits and killed 5 in the process.
Meanwhile, the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Debo Ogundoyin, condemned the recent attack on innocent citizens.
In his words, he said, “Early this morning, I received distressed calls of a fresh attack on our people in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government by bandits and suspected criminal herders in which about five residents were allegedly killed, some injured and property burnt.”
“I condemned this unfortunate attack and sympathize with the families who lost their loved ones and property. I also appreciate the security personnel, vigilantes, Amotekun corps, our local hunters and brave men that rose in the middle of the night to combat the bandits and save the lives of our people.”
“While assuring my continuous support to every adoptable security measures and strategies, I’m also calling on all security agencies- the Nigerian Police, Operation Burst, Amotekun Corps, vigilante groups, local hunters, community leaders within and around Ibarapaland for an urgent security meeting.”
“If this insecurity persists, it means we have not done enough. All of us. It is not time to sleep, let us all stay awake, “he said.
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