Wednesday, 17 January 2018

One Herdsman Killed in Ekiti: Here are the crucial steps Fayose has taken so far

News broke today that one Fulani Herder was allegedly killed in Ekiti state by someone alleged to be from Benue state. The incident was said to have taken place on Monday in Oke Ako area of the state. To forestall future occurrence, and any form of reprisal, here are the step the state Governor, Ayo Fayose has taken so far as seen on his tweeter handle.

"On Monday night, I was told about the killing of one Fulani man in Oke Ako.They claimed it was a Tiv man that killed the Fulani man,I want the killer arrested & prosecuted. I won't accept killing of anyone here in Ekiti.Be you Yoruba,Fulani, Tiv or Igbo, I must protect your life.

To prevent  reoccurence, I met with representatives of Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, farmers, local hunters, security agencies and the Tiv community in the state.

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 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.

We have agreed that the Committee on herdsmen should be expanded to include Fulani herders and I urge the herdsmen themselves to be more proactive and report immediately to the security committee when they see strangers in their communities."

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