The National President of Igosun Progressive Union has debunked a report by Daily Trust and other online news platform with the headline “A HERDSMAN FOUND DEAD IN IGOSUN, KWARA STATE WITH HIS HANDS, HEART AND GENITALS REMOVED” on 17th July 2021.
According to a press statement released by the National President of Igosun Progressive Union,Chief (BARR) R.O Balogun, the incident which was also reported by other bloggers has travelled far and wide and has led to a situation where indigenes of Igosun community are being subjected to malignment.
The statement reads “The attention of Oba In Council in IGOSUN and the Executive of the IGOSUN PROGRESSIVE UNION in OYUN LGA of Kwara State has been drawn to the various publications by the media alleging that a HERDSMAN was killed and dismembered by unknown Ritualist in IGOSUN Community on *17th July, 2021 or thereabout.
“The prints and Electronic media gave the incident wide publication.
Daily Trust reported the dastardly incidents with a screaming headline as follows:
“A HERDSMAN FOUND DEAD IN IGOSUN, KWARA STATE WITH HIS HANDS, HEART AND GENITALS REMOVED.*
AN online PUBLISHER- REPUBLICAN published the incident with a bold and captivating headline thus:
*”PANIC IN KWARA COMMUNITY AS SUSPECTED RITUALISTS KILL, DISMEMBERED FULANI HERDSMAN , DEAD BODY RECOVERED.’*
The sad news was also reported by several other online bloggers and the incident was wrongly reported to have happened in IGOSUN town.
Since the ugly incident was widely reported, I have been inundated with calls and text messages, likewise other personalities in the community are not left out.
In actual fact, we have been subjected to odium, opprobrium and being maligned as a result of the publication which is not true at least to the extent that *NO SUCH condemnable and ungodly acts took place in IGOSUN Community on the said date or at any other times.*
We have never in the history of the Community recorded such ugly incidents. The Community is puzzled, bewildered and utterly flabbergasted that IGOSUN is being mentioned as where the incident occurred instead of a village called GBOSUN IN OFFA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KWARA STATE WHERE THE sad incident actually took place.
Some of our sons and daughters are now being sarcastically referred to as RITUALISTS.
I wish to state categorically clear without any equivocation that NO ACT OF KILLING OF ANY HUMAN BEING HAPPENED IN IGOSUN OYUN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KWARA STATE.
We are worried that the affected media behaved irresponsibly by not verifying their facts before going to press or published any news / report any information as required by the ethics and ethical codes of very respected fourth Estate of the Realm. (Journalism).
We therefore demand for a retraction of the offending publication with an apology from *Daily Trust ,the Republic and other media that are culpable within 7 days* otherwise the Community shall not hesitate to ventilate our grievances in Court”.379