The Oyo State Police Command has declared that 11 persons including some of the bandits died during the invasion of Igangan Community by unknown gunmen in the late hours of Saturday.
The State Police Command in a statement issued in Ibadan and made available to our Correspondent said armed bandits in their numbers invaded Igangan community in the dead of the night with the aim of unleashing mayhem on residents in Igangan.
The Command through its Police Public Relation Officer (PPRO), DSP Adewale Osifeso, had earlier confirmed the incident but could not provide any figures of casualties.
However, the Police Command in an official press release confirmed that its investigations have revealed that 11 persons were killed in the midnight invasion by the bandits.
It also revealed that a number of vehicles and buildings including the Palace of the Asigangan of Igangan town and a filling station were touched.
The Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko who visited the scene of the incident expressed dismay at the loss of innocent lives as well as massive destruction of property.
According to Onadeko, intelligence and Tactical apparatuses consisting of Police Mobile Force Personnel, Patrol units and other tactical teams in concert with Local Hunters and Vigilantes from the Community have been deployed to forestall further disintegration of law and order in the area.
While promising the prevalence of justice and registering the assurance of the Command’s sincere condolences to the families of the deceased, the Commissioner of Police appealed to the good people of Igangan community to trust the system and shun self-help in obtaining justice through a partnership with the Police.