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Scores killed, monarch's palace, houses burnt as Fulani Herdsmen attacks Oyo community


At least 15 people have been reportedly killed after gunmen said be Fulani herdsmen attacked Igangan, a town in Ibarapa area of Oyo state.

Residents said that the killer herdsmen arrived the town on Saturday midnight and operated till the early hours of Sunday, leaving scores dead.

The attackers also burnt down houses, vehicles, shops, petrol stations, and the palace of Oba Lasisi Adeoye, the traditional ruler of the town. 
A resident of the community who said two of his friends were among those killed, said that hunters were already on their way to track down the Fulani killers.

"Yes, it is true, many were killed. I know two of them who were very close to me," SaharaReporters quoted the resident as saying.

"They (Fulani herdsmen) arrived at Igangan around 12am and killed. I am confirming it. Our hunter had gathered themselves to go into the bush now. We need the overnment and real Yoruba people to come to our rescue now. 

"Ibarapa is boiling now. These people are for a real. They have an agenda. We need to do something now. I know 10 people already who were killed. We may have other people too but for now, I know 10 people are gone," he said.

Another source said, "They came in around 11pm and operated till 3am. They came with weapons. The local hunters confronted them. We have been able to count 9 bodies. Two were Fulani attackers. 

"The palace of the Oba of the town was razed, houses and a petrol station was torched. 

"A guy that just buried his father was killed in the attack. Despite calling them, police and other security operatives have yet to come into the town.

"Residents are currently leaving the town for fear of another attack."

Abiodun Adegoke, a youth leader in Igangan also told TheCable on Sunday, that the killer Fulani herdsmen came with sophisticated weapons.

“They killed 10 people and injured many others. They used sophisticated weapons in the attack," he said.

"But their activities were later repelled by men of the Oyo State Security Network Agency (codenamed Amotekun) and youths in the town. Four of the attackers were killed while others fled. As I speak to you, there are dead bodies in front of me.”

Killer Fulani herdsmen have over the years killed thousands of persons and destroyed properties and farms across Nigeria.

Most of their attacks have been around the middle belt region of the north and southern Nigeria.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a Fulani, have refused to take any decisive action against his kinsmen who have been killing Nigerians.

Rather, the President have been waging war against separatist groups like IPOB and others.

His latest posts threatening to deal with agitators were deleted by social media networks, Twitter and Facebook.

Two days later, Buhari government announced the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria.

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