After a number of young people led by Sunday Igboho stormed Fulani communities in Ibarapa North of Oyo State on Friday night, many are feared dead.
It occurred at the end of the seven-day ultimatum for herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state of Ondo, which was expanded by some agitators to mean the whole of Yoruba Territory.
Salihu Kadiri, Sarkin Fulani of Oyo, the king of Fulani in Oyo, told news outlets that he, his wives and children were forced out of their homes and their properties were set ablaze, including 11 cars.
“I’m hiding somewhere in the bush when I speak to you,” he said during a call made by a correspondent for the Daily Trust.
When we heard that they were coming, we fled and ran away for our lives, but they invaded the communities and burned our homes, my cars and those of my children. They also shot an old woman to death, who I learned may be my first wife.
I can’t give you the specifics of the people we’ve lost to this assault from now on, as we’re concealed in the bush, too,” he said.”
Reportedly, Igboho, called to be responsible for the mob assault, is being pursued for detention.
Ayo Makinde, governor of Oyo state, had threatened arrest if Igboho continued his rhetoric to leave the state for Fulani.
The place under attack is a village with a nomadic primary school, a borehole and a milk collection center.