The Oyo State Operatives chapter of the Western Nigeria Security Network, also known as Amotekun, has intercepted a truck loaded with gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen heading to the Igangan community in the recently troubled Ibarapa area of Oyo state.
The truck is with registration number TUR30ZY, and it’s said to have been registered with Kebbi State and the Amotekun group while searching the truck found 25 guns and 10 dogs in the truck alongside the suspects.
According to the report, the suspects had been handed over to the police authorities in Ido for more investigations.
“Gbenga Olanrewaju led the Oyo State Amotekun, Ido unit during the arrest. They arrested suspected herdsmen in possession of about 25 Dane guns and 10 dogs and they have been handed over to the police for further interrogation and investigation” an official said.
Recall that there has been unrest in Igangan in Ibarapa recently due to the high increase of insecurity – killings and kidnappings.
This escalated when Chief Sunday Adeyemo, more popularly known as Sunday Igboho, a pan-Oduduwa nation agitator, issued an ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen, believed to be behind the insecurity, to vacate Oyo state.
Sunday Igboho himself Sunday narrated how some criminals fired bullets at him at the Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Saliu Abdulkadir’s place in Ibarapa but that they did not harm him.
Earlier on Friday, irate youths had also attacked the Seriki Fulani, after violence erupted in Igangan, Ibarapa, in the Fulani community, during which the houses and property of the Seriki Fulani, Abdulkadir, were burnt.
Abdulkadir had told SaharaReporters that he, his wives, and children were sent out of the settlement, adding that 11 vehicles and houses were burnt in the process.
The Seriki had thereafter fled the community with his family, as aggrieved youths put fire to the settlement.
Igboho had ordered that the killer herdsmen ravaging the South-West should leave.
The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko, had also visited the community, saying that Igboho’s visit truncated the “relative peace and calmness” being enjoyed in the Igangan community.
Onadeko the Oyo state Commissioner of police had vowed to bring the masterminds of the attack on the Fulanis community in Igangan to justice, reiterating that the security agencies would not watch while some criminal elements take the law into their own hands.
Onadeko had also promised that the arson and the breach of the peace which occurred at Igangan would be investigated to a logical conclusion.
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