Governor Fayose called a meeting between herdsmen and farmers in Ekiti
– He said he would not allow the state be turned into a war zone
– He ordered the killers of one herdsman killed in the state to be fished out
The alleged killing of a herdsman in Ekiti state has reportedly sparked tension in Oke Ako and Irele communities in Ikole local government area.
According to The Nation, the herdsman, Babuba Dengi, was killed by settles suspected to be settlers from Benue state.
The tension forced Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti to call for a meeting at the Government House on Tuesday, January 16 with herdsmen and farmers waring them not to turn the state to a war zone.
The governor ordered security operatives to fish out the killers of the herdsmen saying there is no room for killings of anybody from any tribe in Ekiti.
He said “recent steps taken by his administration to prevent violence between farmers and herdsmen do not give anybody license to unlawfully take human’s life.”
: “I can’t accept anybody to be killed. If anybody killed anyone I will make sure you are killed by ensuring justice. I’m sad about the killing in Benue but we don’t want brutality in Ekiti.
“I won’t accept any killing here, the only thing acceptable here is peace. I therefore plead with everybody to cooperate with us.”
“I want peace in my state and everybody living here is from Ekiti whether you are Fulani, Tiv, Yoruba or anybody.
“The cow matter can’t cause problem between us. Oke Ako-Irele issue should not be allowed to fester. Cooperate with us and whoever kills would be fished out.
“When you are entering Ekiti, drop wherever you are coming from at the boundary. You can’t kill Yoruba, Fulani, Igbo or Tiv here.
“From information so far, the deceased died as a result of clash between Fulani herdsmen and some Tiv people, but at that we can’t condone lawlessness. We don’t want that type of Benue issue here.”
Meanwhile, President Mohammadu Buhari was urged by the Miyetti-Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) to also bring to book killers of Fulani herdsmen.
Alhaji Baba Usman Ngeljarma, national secretary of the association made this known in a statement on Wednesday, January 17.
He said the call was a response to the assurance given by President Buhari to arrest and punish perpetrators of the heinous Benue murders, Daily Trust reports.