ADO-EKITI—GOVERNOR Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has warned against the killing of anyone, either herdsman or farmer in the name of any clash relating to grazing in the state.
The governor, who met with Fulani herdsmen of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, farmers, local hunters, security agencies and representatives of the Tiv community in the state, warned Fulani herdsmen and Tiv farmers against turning Ekiti to a war zone.
There has been tension between the herdsmen and farmers from Benue state, particularly the Tivs, in Ekiti over an allegation of farm destruction and killing.
A Fulani herdsman, Babuga Dengi, was on Monday killed in a bush between Irele and Oke Ako in Ikole Local Government by people suspected to have come from Benue.
He, therefore, ordered security agents to investigate and fish out the killer of the cattle rearer.
Fayose said: “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. Cow matter can’t cause a problem for 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 the information so far, the deceased died as a result of a clash between Fulani herders and some Tiv people, but at that, we can’t condone lawlessness. We don’t want that type of Benue issue here.”