Igangan Attack: Governors Order Amotekun To Begin Joint Operations

Gunmen suspected to killer herders have returned to Igangan in Ibarapa axis of Oyo State, killing scores of its residents

Several others were injured in the attack launched while residents were asleep

They set on fire filling stations, houses, including the palace of the monarch of the town, as well as shops and vehicles

The suspected killer herders invaded the town on saturday night, shooting sporadically and operated till sunday morning

Intervention by operatives of Amotekun corps led to exchange of gunfire during which some of the invaders were killed, while others escaped with gunshot injuries

Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday morning, on his facebook page, expressed shock at the incident and called for calm among the residents

The governor say that security operatives had intervened and are now in control of the situation

Meanwhile, south west state governors have directed the Amotekun corps, to work out modalities for an immediate  joint operations to effectively defend the region from killer herders and armed bandits in the region

The governors took the decision, following the invasion of Igangan in Ibarapa axis of Oyo by suspected killer herders on Saturday, during which about 20 of the residents were killed

Chairman of the south west governors forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, in a statement expressed shock at the attack which he described as provocative, callous and horrendous

The forum resolves to use defend the region against external aggression, while asking people in the region to be vigilant and reports suspicious movement

In a related development, Oyo State police command has said that only 11 people died in the saturday night attack at Igangan

The command spokesman, Adewale Osifeso, says that some of the invading gunmen who came on motorcycles, were among the 11 killed in the attack

Disputing the police claim, the Igangan development advocate,puts the number of people killed during the attack at 20

The group convener, Oladoku Oladiran, also says that the attacks which lasted about four hours were eventually repelled by local hunters and vigilance groups

According to Oladiran, no policemen showed up during the attacks

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