Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State, has visited the families of some of the victims killed by herdsmen in the Ibarapa North-West Local Council Development Area of the state.
Some of the families of the victims visited by the governor on Monday include Mrs Idowu Babarinde, whose son was shot by herdsmen; and the family of Dr Fatai Aborode, a prominent farmer who was allegedly killed by herders for protesting that their cattle destroyed his farm land.
The governor in a post on Twitter said he also held meetings with stakeholders in a bid to find a lasting solution to the herdsmen crisis rocking the area.
“In Igangan, we visited Alhaji Azeez Aborode, father of the slain philanthropist, Dr Fatai Aborode. May their souls rest in peace,
We’ve been engaging with more stakeholders in Igbo-Ora, this morning. We met with traditional rulers in Ibarapaland. We also spoke with student reps of Government Technical College, Igbo-Ora. Furthermore, we handed over additional vehicles to the Amotekun corps in Ibarapa zone,” he tweeted.
Some youths greeted the governor with several placards when he arrived Igangan on Monday.
Some of the inscriptions on the placards read: ‘End Farmers Bloodshed in Igangan’, ‘Fulani Must Stop Raping Our Women’, ‘Ibarapaland Not Fulani RUGA’, ‘No More Seriki, No More Carnage’, ‘Stop Fulani Massacre Of Ibarapa People.’
Violence erupted recently in Ibarapa following a clash between the indigenes and Fulani herdsmen residing in the area. This occurred after youths said to the followers of Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba nationalist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, last Friday attacked the Fulanis, reportedly killing three people and setting ablaze properties in the process, including the house of Salihu Abdukadir, the Seriki Fulani of Oyo.