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Akeredolu fumes over ‘provocative’ attack by suspected herdsmen in Igangan

The South-West Governors’ Forum has condemned the overnight attack on Igangan, a community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State by suspected herdsmen.

At least 20 people were killed during the attack as gunmen stormed the community, leaving many villagers injured and properties destroyed.

Reacting to the attack in a statement released by the Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of the SGF, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, the forum condemned the attack, as provocative.

Akeredolu, in the statement titled ‘IGANGAN PROVOCATIVE ONSLAUGHT ONE TOO MANY,’ urged residents to “remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities.”

He 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 the 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 commencing joint 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.

“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 commencing joint operations in the region immediately.”

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