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Many Feared Dead In Attack On Oyo Fulani Settlement

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By ABBAS DALIBI --- Many are feared dead after a number of youths led by Sunday Igboho stormed Fulani communities in Ibarapa North of Oyo State on Friday evening.

It came at the end of the seven-day ultimatum issued for herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in Ondo state, which some agitators have extended to mean the entire Yoruba Land.

Sarkin Fulani of Oyo—the king of Fulani in Oyo—Salihu Kadiri has told news outlets that he, his wives and children were driven out of their homes, and their properties, including 11 vehicles, set ablaze.

“As I am talking to you, I am hiding somewhere in the bush,” he said during a call placed by a Daily Trust correspondent.

”We fled and ran away for our lives when we learned they are coming, but they attack the communities and burnt our houses, my cars and that of my children, they also shoot an old woman to death which I learned she may be my first wife.

”As of now I cannot give you the details of the people we lost to this attack, as we are also hidden in the bush,” he said.

Igboho, named to be responsible for the mob attack, is reportedly being sought for arrest.

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde had threatened arrest if Igboho continued his rhetoric for Fulani to leave the state.

The attacked location is a settlement with a nomadic primary school, a borehole and a milk collection centre.

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Both residents of Ibarapa and their Fulani neighbours have confirmed there is tension in the area.

According to the Convener of Igangan Development Advocates, Oladiran Oladokun, “Some youths are already gathering in Igangan. There is tension but I learnt that Operation Burst security personnel have dispersed some of them”.

The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Ibrahim Jiji also told journalists that his people were scattered when youths in the town rose against them.

He said,  “The Seriki of the community; son of Seriki Sasa just told me that he could not go to the scene but he learnt that their houses have been burnt. Many of our women have dispersed and they are looking for their children. They are living in fear now.”

While appealing to Governor Seyi Makinde to wade in quickly, he stressed that what his people wanted was peace.

“We want peace and not trouble like this. Governor Makinde should please secure our people. Our people are now homeless as their places of abode have been burnt down. The governor should please rescue us”, he concluded.

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