Asigangan of Igangan Oba Lasisi Adeoye has accused the evicted Seriki Fulani Soliu Abdulkadri of sponsoring the deadly attack on his community in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State at the weekend.
Oba Adeoye made the accusation yesterday while featuring on Ibadan-based Fresh FM 105.9 Programme, “The Situation Room”.
The monarch said Abdulkadri enlisted mercenaries, who wreaked havoc on the community on Saturday night.
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Residents put the number of casualties at 20. The Oyo State Police Command said only 11 persons were confirmed dead.
The traditional ruler said: “It was Seriki Fulani that was evicted from this land that came to attack us. He sent those people that collect money to fight wars to attack us on Saturday. They entered the town around 11pm.”
Asked if he had any premonition of the attack, he said: “No. We didn’t have any information to that effect. We’ve been trying our best and our people have been preparing for about three months that they would come, but we didn’t have any solution.
“What made us to suffer a great defeat was that we didn’t have good ammunition to fight. We don’t have money to buy good and modern ammunition and we don’t have the type of ammunition they are using.
“The police also don’t have the kind of ammunition the gunmen are using. We don’t have any ammunition to fight. We too can buy the weapons to defend ourselves, but it is very expensive. If we see money, we will buy.”
In spite of the situation, Oba Adeoye said the community still has confidence in the ability of the government to secure his subjects.
“We’re still calling on government to assist us,” he said.