Suspected herdsmen killed no fewer than 20 residents of Igangan in Oyo State on Sunday morning, witnesses told Peoples Gazette.
The gunmen reportedly struck the community at midnight, killing, maiming, and eventually setting fire to houses, including the monarch’s palace and a filling station.
The violence occurred less than a week after the state’s chairman of Amotekun Corps, Ajibola Togun, warned that some herders were plotting to unleash terror across six states in the South-West.
Sunday Igboho, a separatist agitator promoting Yoruba secession from Nigeria, resides in the community. Mr. Igboho recently held a rally in the community that devolved into violence. He denied responsibility for the mayhem that resulted in the deaths of numerous people and the destruction of property.
Governor Seyi Makinde confirmed the attack on Twitter early Sunday morning, calling it “shocking” and urging residents to remain calm as security operatives were dispatched to restore order.
Tunji Omolewu, a former Igangan councilman, told Vanguard that he counted approximately twenty corpses.
“I received the call shortly after 11 p.m. We were returning from Ekiti, where we had taken part in a rally for the Yoruba nation. I arrived in Ibadan around 12 a.m., and when the calls continued, I decided to return home. I counted over 20 bodies, ” he told the Lagos-based daily. “Our monarch’s palace was set on fire. The Adolak filling station was also destroyed by fire.
According to a resident, the attackers arrived around 11:00 p.m. on twenty motorcycles and began stabbing and shooting residents.
Yemi Akinlabi, another local politician, added: “It is heartbreaking. Our people received an intelligence report only a few days ago and forwarded it to the appropriate quarters for action, but here we are today. Are we to continue living in fear in our country?
“I spoke with General Toogun about last night’s incident, and we would like to see him and his team take action.” Our people must not be permitted to self-help.
A police spokesman in Ibadan did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the attack.