Yoruba activist Sunday Igboho has blamed lack of unity among villagers and monarchs in Ibarapa for the recent attack on Igangan community by suspected Fulani herdsmen. Newsmen had reported that gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked Igangan community in Oyo state, killing no fewer than 10 residents.
The Fulani herdsmen were reported to have attacked Oyo community at about 11PM on Saturday and left the town on Sunday morning. A source in the community identified two of those killed as Lekan and Ajani, while a resident of the community, close to the family of the deceased farmers, disclosed that hunters were already on their way to track down the Fulani herdsmen.
Following the attacks, Sunday Igboho stormed Igangan community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo state to inspect the extent of destruction in the village.
In a conversation with Oba Onidio of Idio, Sunday Igboho said the lack of unity between the monarchs and villagers to secure the villages gave the suspected Fulani herdsmen advantage to carry out gruesome attacks in the village.
According to his words; “I pray that this is the last time. These Fulani herdsmen took advantage of the fact that they were housed and also the lack of unity among the villagers, which made the village open to attacks. Many of the killer herdsmen who were chased out of Igangan camped in Igboora, Eruwa, and from there, they mobilized to attack Igangan again, which should not be. ”
The activist said he had decided to stop interfering in the Igangan crisis because the monarchs were not cooperating. He noted that his presence in Igangan on Monday caused security agents to intensify surveillance in the village because they thought he was coming for a reprisal attack on the Fulani herdsmen.
Sunday Igboho called on the monarchs to give the youths the necessary training to secure their villages and to intensify surveillance.