- Oyo state has been thrown into mourning as gunmen launched a devastating attack in Ibarapa north local government area
- The suspects, about 50 in number, attacked Igangan town, killing at least 45 people, destroying over 160 vehicles and razing more than 60 houses
- The tragic incident took place late Saturday night, June 5, as hoodlums unleashed mayhem in the community while residents were asleep
Ibadan, Oyo state - There was panic in Igangan town, Oyo state, on Saturday night, June 5, as over 45 people were sent to their early graves by gunmen.
Sun News reports that the five-hour invasion in one of the seven principal towns of Ibarapaland led to the burning of more than 60 houses, while over 160 vehicles were also destroyed.
The palace of Ashigangan of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye, and a petrol filling station was also razed by the invaders who stormed the community at about 11 pm.
According to the report, sources revealed that the assailants numbering about 50 on more than 20 motorcycles operated till about 4 am on Sunday, June 6, before leaving the town.
Taiwo Adeagbo, the secretary of the farmers union in Igangan speaking on the incident said many lives were lost during the invasion.
Adeagbo further noted that many residents were shot dead, while some of the attackers were neutralised by security operatives.
Meanwhile, Adewale Osifeso, the police spokesman for Oyo state police command confirmed that unknown gunmen invaded Igangan community.
Osifeso, on his part, explained that the incident began at about 11:10 pm, however, he did not mention the number of people killed during the invasion.
Buhari's minister condemns Oyo massacre
Sunday Dare, Nigeria's minister of youth and sports development condemned the attack in Igangan that led to the loss of lives and properties.
Dare, in a statement issued by his media office, described the gunmen's action as evil, barbaric and crude, Nigerian Tribune reports.
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While calling for calm and peace among residents of Igangan and environs, the minister said the yet-to-be-identified hoodlums must be apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.
Oyo governor reacts to attack
In a message shared on Facebook, the governor called on residents to remain calm. He said:
"I am currently being briefed on the incidents. I urge residents to remain calm as security operatives are now in control of the situation."