Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen again attacked in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo state killing four residents late Friday night.
During the attack which was repelled by the swift response of local security operatives, the Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ibarapa Central simply identified as Muri was among the victims of the attack.
The attackers were said to have stormed the town in two Hilux vans, an 18-seater Hummer bus, and a Toyota Sienna bus wearing military and customs camouflage.
It could not be confirmed at press time if the attackers were real security operatives as sources who spoke with The Nation said the residents initially lowered their guards thinking the men were customs operatives in search of suspected smugglers.
It was gathered that the suspected gunmen arrived in the community around 7 pm on Friday and attacked some areas. According to the residents, the attackers stormed the community in large number but could not give an actual figure.
Confirming the attack, the convener Igangan development advocate, Oladiran Oladokun said the incident was an attempt to invade the state through the axis, a border community but was resisted by the local security operatives.
According to him, the suspected herders came in customs and military camouflage to deceive the people and change the narrative that it was security operatives who stormed the town in search of those who engage in smuggling activities, a practice that is alien to the people of the community.
While expressing disappointment over inadequate security despite the recurrence of the attacks, he called for help from the relevant agencies.
“Report reaching me now reveals that around 8:00 pm people suspected to be herdsmen again invaded Igangan and shoot sporadically for over 30minutes. Some said they were Customs men as they wore Custom uniforms but they were chased by local hunters after killing some people.
“They also passed Igboora and continue shooting and it was reported people died in Igboora too including one Amotekun operative.
“It was reported that the Commander of Amotekun in Ibarapa Central has been killed,” A community leader, who spoke in confidence said.
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