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Seventeen(17) persons have been reportedly shot dead by gunmen suspected to be herdsmen at Igangan, in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Residents of the community told newsmen that the herdsmen invaded the town on motorcycles around 11pm on Saturday and started killing and destroying property, which continued until around 3am on Sunday.

When the daybreak residents saw corpses of children and adults in some places in the town, while houses and vehicles, including a truck loaded with cassava flour, were razed by the attackers.

Residents of Ayete, which is the headquarters of the Ibarapa North LGA, told our correspondent that Igangan residents sent messages to them and others in different parts of Ibarapa to help them get across to security agencies to come to their rescue.

Oladiran Oladokun, the Convener, Igangan Development Advocates, told newsmen that the gunmen set fire to houses to drive out the people, after which they opened fire on them.

Oladokun said the government did not take the security seriously, adding that they had reported that the herdsmen were planning to attack them.

He said despite the information, nothing was done to protect the people.

According to him, “Between 12 and 17 persons were killed. Security agents were called, but their numbers were switched off. No security agent came to our rescue. Our hunters and vigilantes were the ones who risked their lives and confronted the attackers who carried sophisticated weapons.

“Despite the fact that the hunters were poorly equipped, they gunned down five of the Fulani attackers. One of the brave hunters was killed by the gunmen. The hunter was shot and reportedly beaten to death with clubs and other objects.”

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