Residents of Ayete and Tapa communities in the Ibarapa North local government area of Oyo State have raised the alarm over a looming attack by Fulani herdsmen.
A Save Our Soul (SOS) letter titled “lnevitable Attack ls Looming” and signed by one Adeagbo Taiwo, has been addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko.
According to the letter, herders threatened to attack the communities within seven days, counting from Saturday, October 30, 2021.
Taiwo in the letter alleged that 70 Fulani herdsmen, each with an AK-47 rifle on Friday, October 29 came from Ogun State and settled in the Konko community following an attack on a Fulani, by one Lukumon Kongo at the Konko area the day before.
“These Fulanis in question promised the people that they are coming to attack Ayete and Tapa within seven (7) days, as from yesterday,” the letter stated.
The letter also recalled an earlier voice note sent to the police commissioner, Oyo State government, Divisional Police Officers of Ayete and lgangan, Department of State Services (DSS), lbarapa North Local Government, the local government chairman and his deputy.
In the voice note, a Fulani man being interrogated, warned the people of Ibarapa North local government area to leave the area before the dry season, which starts from October.
Taiwo begged the security and government authorities to take the matter seriously and protect lives and property in the communities.
He said “Please sir, don’t handle this report with levity. Kindly save lives and properties.”