Ondo State Governor and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, reacting to the killings in Iganagan, Ibarapa, Oyo State, called on Nigerians to rise against herdsmen savagery in the Southwest.
According to People’s Gazette, Akeredolu who is the Southwest Governor’s Forum chairman has directed all commanders of Southwest Security Network also known as Amotekun to immediately swing to action to end insecurity in the region.
According to reports, suspected herdsmen on Saturday had attacked residents of Igangan in Ibarapa North local government area of Oyo State, leaving more than 10 people dead.
In Akure on Sunday, Akeredolu described the attack on Iganagan as “a cowardly onslaught,” urged security agencies “to get to the root of this latest act of provocation.”
The governor also called on all well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the attack says “this latest assault is on decency and communal harmony.”
He added, “We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the people of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end.
“We have just received, with rude shock, premeditated attacks on our people at Igangan in Ibarapa area of Oyo state, in the early hours of today (Sunday).
“This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned the loss of lives and property on a large scale. It is horrendous, callous, and highly provocative. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realised.”
Speaking further, the governor stated, “It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We, on our parts, are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression.
“On this, there will be no compromise. We cannot afford to fail.”
He urged the people of Southwest to be more vigilant and never hesitate to report any suspicious movement in their communities adding that this is the time to be united than ever to protect their lives and property.