The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday appealed to the people of Igangan to cooperate with the government and security agencies to address the security challenge in the area.
The governor, who said this during his visit to the community to sympathize with the victims and to assess the level of destruction done in the town by attackers, begged the people not to take the law into their own hands.
No fewer than 17 persons were killed in Igangan on Saturday by suspected herdsmen.
But Makinde said he should be held responsible for the act, promising that such an attack would never be allowed to happen there or anywhere in the state again.
Makinde said, “Please, don’t take laws into your hands. I urge all the families that lost their loved ones to this attack because sometimes, emotion can really be high. Please, give us the opportunity to resolve this and make this place better for you.
“You must have seen the light-up project we embarked on. We are doing it for us to be able to see everywhere, whether it is day or night. Well, there are people who don’t want good for our state and country at large, but I believe that God will show us mercy.”
One of the activists in the town, Oladiran Oladokun, who is also the Convener, Igangan Development Advocates in an interview with newsmen, said the governor needed to integrate hunters into the security arrangements in the area to boost security in the area.
Also, residents of Igangan and other communities in Ibarapaland were still apprehensive of a possible attack on Tuesday.
Newsmen gathered that few pupils were allowed to go to school and the number was so small that teachers allowed those who turned up to go home before 10 am.