Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo has directed the Commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately in response to the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Igangan, Oyo State.
Over Twenty People were reported killed with houses and vehicles burnt during an attack within Igangan community in Ibarapa Area of Oyo State.
Although the police are yet to confirm the number of deaths, a command spokesman, Wale Osifeso, said the assailants attacked the area last night with guns and other dangerous weapons but a combined team of the police, hunters, and vigilantes were able to beat back the criminal elements.
Akeredolu in a statement titled ; IGANGAN PROVOCATIVE ONSLAUGHT ONE TOO MANY, said;
“We have just received with rude shock premeditated attack on our people at Igangan, Ibarapa, Oyo State, in the early hours of today. This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned loss of lives and property on a large scale. It is horrendous, callous, and highly provocative. All well-meaning Nigerians must condemn, in the strongest term possible, this latest assault on decency and communal harmony. “
” While we will encourage the security agencies to get to the root of this latest act of provocation, we have directed the Commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South West with a view to commencingjoint operations in the region immediately. “
” We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the peoples of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realized. It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.”
” We on our part are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression. On this, there will be no compromise. We call on our people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities. In addition, they must be united in the task of defending our lives and properties.
We cannot afford to fail.”
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