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Igangan Fulani attack- Oyo state police confirms attack, 11 persons dead

In an attack perceived to be a reprisal, the police confirmed the loss of eleven lives

The Igangan Fulani attack on the Igangan community has been confirmed by the Oyo State Police Command.

Yesterday night, gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Igangan, one of the communities in the Ibarapa North local government area.

Igangan is a community in the Ibarapa geo-political zone, which is also part of the Oyo South Senatorial District.

During the Igangan Fulani attack, the traditional ruler of the town’s palace, a fuel station, vehicles, and other property was reportedly ravaged.

In addition, according to witnesses, the gunmen stormed the town on Saturday night and stayed there till early Sunday morning.

The assault on the community has been validated by the state police command.
Mr. Adewale Osifeso, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), revealed eleven individuals were murdered in a statement published to the media on Sunday.

Several properties, he added, were also wrecked during the assault.

On 5th June 2021 at about 2310hrs, suspected armed bandits in their numbers invaded Igangan Community in the dead of the night to unleash mayhem on unsuspecting members therein.

In the process, Eleven (11) persons including some of the assailants were confirmed dead, while some vehicles and buildings including the Palace of the Asigangan of Igangan town and a filling station were torched.

Consequent upon the unfortunate occurrence, the Commissioner of Police embarked on an on the spot assessment today 6th June, 2021, to critically assess the level and cause of damages on the various sites of killings and arsons.

Intelligence and Tactical apparatuses consisting of Police Mobile Force personnel, Patrol units and other tactical teams in concert with Local Hunters and Vigilantes from the Community were deployed to forestall further disintegration of law and order in the area.

While promising the prevalence of justice and registering the assurance of the Command’s sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police wishes to appeal to the good people of Igangan community to trust the system and shun self-help in obtaining justice through a partnership with the Police, in the area of prompt sharing of intelligence relevant in the ongoing investigations.

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