Insecurity in Nigeria, has been a huge concern due to the “old-age” Boko Haram insurgency, concurrent attacks by unknown groups, the Fulani herdsmen as well as other kidnapping cases across the country.
Recently in the late hours of Saturday, a town located in Ibarapa in Oyo State known as Igangan was attacked by armed bandits with 11 people killed as confirmed by the police.
Several properties were also destroyed during the attack. In the words of Adewale Osifeso on Monday, spokesperson of the Nigerian police:
“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 on 6th June, 2021, to critically assess the level and cause of damages on the various sites of killings and arsons.”
According to the Nigerian police more hands have been deployed to Igangan to avoid more destruction and to calm the situation.
Following the Saturday attack was another in the early hours of Sunday as gunmen suspected to be herdsmen burnt people’s houses, a filling station including the royal palace.
Eye witnesses said the suspected herdsmen stormed the community with over 20 motorcycles.
On behalf of the 6 South-west governors, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State who is the chairman of the South-west governors forum has openly condemned the killings:
“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,” Akeredolu said.
Many have expressed their pain including Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland saying:
“This is one killing too many, I will not fold my arms seeing the blood of innocent people being shed like it is in Igangan.”
Prior to the recent attacks in Igangan, a self-acclaimed activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho led a group to eject the head of the Fulani community, Salihu Abdulkadir.
Abdulkadir was accused of providing support to the suspected Fulani herdsmen responsible for the killing of farmers and people being kidnapped. Despite denying the allegations, he was still ejected.
The federal and state governments reacted to the actions of the youth saying every Nigerian has the right to live anywhere he or she pleases in the country.
Coming from Igangan residents, the recent attacks were considered as retaliation to Salihu Abdulkadir’s eviction.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.