Iwere-Ile on Fire!

*5 massacred by Fulani invaders
*Self-curfew imposed
*Residents live in fear of uncertainty

Residents of Iwere-Ile in Iwajowa Local Government Area of Oyo State now live in palpable fear as Fulani herdsmen have sent five of them to their early graves.

Reports reaching Yoruba Times indicate that the herders who disregard the rule of law and civility have caused the entire community to be in. turmoil

The savage elements, it was gathered, had invaded and grazed the farm of an Ohori man, destroying his means of livelihood.

The man, now late, had brought the development to the notice of security agencies in the community, who intervened by settling the dispute amicably, asking the herders to pay for the loss of the deceased.

Things, however, took a new turn when the herders went to the farm of the deceased about three days later, encircled him and hacked him to death, a source said.

The source further narrated that a relation of the deceased, who went to the scene of the incident with the intention of bringing the corpse home was also attacked and shot dead.

This, the source added, prompted security agencies to draft their men to the scene.

The herders on sighting the security operatives, Yoruba Times gathered, opened fire on them, killing a soldier and two members of Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN).

Security agencies were said to have drafted a contingent of their men to the community to keep the peace.

Yoruba Times, however, learnt that the residents, apprehensive of what might follow, now keep indoors, afraid to go out and engage in their economic pursuits.

Some of the residents, who spoke to Yoruba Times, appealed to the local, state and federal governments to come to the aid of the community.

Apparently fed up with incessant attacks and killings, which have been their lot in the last two years, they appealed to government at all levels to put a stop to the criminal activities of the Fulani invaders on their own homeland, failure of which might lead to reprisal attacks and resultant breakdown of law and order.

The community, Yoruba Times was told, had lost about 10 of its indigenes to Fulani attacks in the last two years.

It would be recalled that this kind of development in Igangan community brought about the resentment led by Sunday Adeyemi (aka Sunday Igboho).

This later pitted Sunday Igboho against security agents, who invaded his Ibadan home in an all night attack.

Igboho, however, escaped and fled the country.

He was later arrested in the neighbouring Benin Republic on his way to Germany.

Sunday Igboho had since been in Benin under security watch until he was reportedly left off the hook last week.