ICYMI: Herdsmen return to Igangan, cut retired principal’s hands

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Suspected Fulani herdsmen have launched a fresh Igangan in the North Local Government Area of the state.

Our correspondent gathered some herdsmen Friday afternoon attacked a retired school principal, Ojedokun Ogunmodede.

The reason why his assailant attacked him was not clear but sources close to the victim said there was no confrontation between him and the herdsmen who inflicted machete injuries which almost chopped off his hands.

The Secretary of Farmers Union, Mr Taiwo Adeagbo, who is popularly known as Akowe Agbe, told our correspondent the telephone the retired principal is his relative.

Adeagbo, who is fighting for the rights of farmers in , said herdsmen had not stopped destroying farms and attacking farmers in the area despite the public outcry against criminal activities.

He said, “The victim is my relative. He is a retired principal and he should be around 62 years . I was called to see what happened to him. I immediately called the (Ngozi Onadeko). She said I should report to the police officially and I called the DPO in Ayete. He came with officers and vans loaded with armed .

“The DPO could not look at the pictures of the victim. They were gory. Strands of flesh are preventing the hands from falling off after the . The two hands are almost off. They have ruined his life.”

The Police Public Officer in Oyo State Mr Olugbenga Fadeyi, when contacted said the was a reprisal by a herder to an earlier against three Fulani by some youths in Igangan.

He said, “Information from DPO Ayete revealed a Fulani herdsman attacked and macheted a in his farm by causing injury to his hands.

“ The attack was a reprisal by some youths in Igangan, three Fulani herdsmen were attacked and they sustained injuries while they were rushed to a hospital in Igboora for treatment.

“The DPO Ayete and his police were drafted to the scene to further attack. The aggrieved youths were dispersed and normalcy restored.”