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Fear Plagues Ibarapaland Again as Evicted Fulanis Allegedly Return, Attack Residents

Barely a week after the forceful eviction of Seriki Fulani of Igangan, Saliu Abdulkadir and the Fulanis, from the Ibarapa zone of Oyo State, the secretary of the Farmers Association in Ibarapaland, Mr Taiwo Adeagbo, has raised an alarm that the Fulani are coming back into the town.

He said that most of the Fulanis took to their heels when Sunday Igboho came for them but said that with the coming back of these herdsmen, residents of Igangan are back to living in fear.

He said their return was noticed on Sunday, hours before Governor Seyi Makinde visited the town, as two residents of Igangan were severely cut with a machete at about 1.00 a.m.

Adeagbo said the governor, was made to visit the two injured persons and he ordered that they be transferred to the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, for treatment.

He also asked if the 200 Amotekun officers that the governor commanded to be redeployed to save Ibarapaland had not resumed office in areas of the zone.

“The Fulani left when the Seriki Fulani was evicted but they are sneaking in once again. They all left then. Poverty may be one of the things that make our people sell out and allow the Fulani in. They are now allowing the Fulani back

“We know the people themselves have to save the land; the Amotekun are yet to be mobilised to the problem spots,” Adeagbo said.

Speaking further, Adeagbo complained bitterly that residents of Kajola in Ayete were also breathing in fear, with one man, Iskil Wakil becoming a territorial warlord.

He noted that the said Fulani man who is the Warlord, armed with guns, has chased farmers and residents about 15 kilometres away from his abode.

The Warlord is said to have attacked the residents of Kajola when they attempted to forcefully evict him like the Seriki Fulani of Igangan land.

Also speaking, the Convener, Igangan Development Advocate, Diran Oladokun, complained that the entry and exit points of Igangan remained defenceless.

He questioned the strategy of security used to guard people of the zone as he alleged that those security officers haven’t been seen by anyone. He asserted that the fear of the people of Igangan was rising again, due to the weak presence of security patrol vans, few Amotekun officers seen patrolling farm areas and the recent attack on two residents of Asunura near Igangan.

He also expressed bewilderment at the audacity of Iskil Wakil, a Fulani man, to shoot at residents of Kajola who asked him to leave the town.

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