Ojedokun Ogunmodede, a retired school principal was attacked and had his hands almost cut off by the herdsmen following a fresh attack by Fulani herdsmen in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State
Circumstances surrounding the attack, which occurred on Friday are still unknown as there was no confrontation between the victim and the herdsmen, according to sources close to the victim.
Taiwo Adeabgo, Secretary of Ibarapa Farmers Union and a relative to the victim, said the herdsmen had not stopped destroying farms and attacking farmers in the area despite the public outcry against their criminal activities.
“The victim is my relative. He is a retired principal and he should be around 62 years old. I was called to see what happened to him. I immediately called the Commissioner of Police (Ngozi Onadeko). She said I should report to the police officially and I called the DPO in Ayete. He came with two officers and two vans loaded with armed policemen,” Adeabgo told the Punch.
“The DPO could not look at the pictures of the victim. They were gory. Strands of flesh are preventing the two hands from falling off after the attack. The two hands are almost off. They have ruined his life.”
Olugbenga Fadeyi, the Public Relations Officer of the Oyo Police Command, confirmed the attack, saying it was a reprisal by a herder to an earlier attack against three Fulani by some youths in Igangan.
“Information from DPO Ayete revealed that a Fulani herdsman attacked and macheted a man 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 personnel including Pmf were drafted to the scene to prevent further attack. The aggrieved youths were dispersed and normalcy restored,” he said.