The traditional ruler of Igangan, Oba Lasisi Adeoye has pointed accusing fingers at the evicted Seriki Fulani Soliu Abdulkadri for allegedly sponsoring the deadly midnight attack on his community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The Asigangan of Igangan made the accusation on Monday while featuring on Ibadan-based Fresh FM 105.9 Programme, “The Situation Room”.
Oba Adeoye reportedly said the evicted Seriki enlisted mercenaries, who wreaked havoc on the community on Saturday night.
The traditional ruler 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 to attack us on Saturday. They entered the town around 11 pm.”
Asked if he had any premonition of the attack, he said: “No. 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.”
Despite 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.