Herders have struck again at Igangan, Ibarapa, Oyo State, two months after the ancient town’s youths evicted them from their neighbourhoods.
The herdsmen struck on Friday, April 2, 2021, attacking a retired school principal, Ojedokun Ogunmodede.
The attack’s reason was not apparent, according to sources close to the victim, saying there was no confrontation between Ogunmodede and the herdsmen.
The herders reportedly inflicted machete injuries which almost made the retired principal lose his hands.
Mr Taiwo Adeagbo, Secretary of Ibarapa Farmers Union, confirmed the incident said herdsmen have not stopped attacking farmers and destroying farmlands in Igangan.
“The victim is my relative. He is a retired principal, and he should be around 62 years old. I was called to see what happened to him. I immediately called the Commissioner of Police (Ngozi Onadeko). She said I should report to the police officer, and I called the DPO in Ayete. He came with two officers and two vans loaded with armed police officers.
“The DPO could not look at the pictures of the victim. They were gory. Strands of the flesh are preventing the two hands from falling off after the attack. The two hands are almost off. They have ruined his life.”
Olugbenga Fadeyi, Police Public Relations Officer in Oyo State, was contacted, and he said that the attack was a reprisal by a herder to an earlier attack against three Fulani by some youths in Igangan.
He said, “Information from DPO Ayete revealed that a Fulani herdsman attacked and macheted a man in his farm by causing injury to his hands.
“ The attack was a reprisal by some youths in Igangan, three Fulani herdsmen were attacked, and they sustained injuries while they were rushed to an hospital in Igboora for treatment.
“The DPO Ayete and his police personnel, were drafted to the scene to prevent further attack. The aggrieved youths were dispersed and normalcy restored.”
The herders-farmer crisis in the South-West has been one of the most talked-about issues this year, as a group of Yoruba youths led by a political enforcer, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho are pushing for secession, after forcefully evicting the Herdsmen from Ibarapa.