By Henry Okonkwo
Monarch of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye, has explained why his community was attacked and many of his subjects killed by herdsmen in his domain last weekend.
Igangan has become crime-ridden because of the increased tensions between farmers and herders.
It was reported that gunmen suspected to be killer herdsmen raided Igangan community in Oyo State on Saturday night, killing over 10 residents and burning several houses, including the Oba’s palace.
Reacting to the incident, Oba Adeoye said that the herdsmen did so much damage to Igangan because residents were unarmed.
He said, “It was Seriki Fulani that was evicted from this land that came to attack us. He sent those people that collect money to fight wars (mercenaries) to attack us on Saturday. They entered the town around 11:00pm.
“We didn’t have any information to that effect. We’ve been trying our best and our people have been preparing for about three months that they would come, but we didn’t have any solution.
“What made us suffer a great defeat was that we didn’t have good ammunition to fight. We don’t have money to buy good and modern ammunition and we don’t have the type of ammunition they are using.
“The police also don’t have the kind of ammunition the gunmen are using. We don’t have any ammunition to fight. We too can buy weapons to defend ourselves, but it is very expensive. If we see money, we will buy.”
In spite of the situation, Oba Adeoye said the community still has confidence in the ability of the government to secure his subjects.
“We’re still calling on the government to assist us,” he said.