January 17, 2018 – Fayose Blows Hot As Benue Indigenes, Tiv Farmers Kill Fulani Herdsman In Ekiti State
Residents of Oke Ako and Irele villages in Ikole LGA of Ekiti stare are living in fear over the murder of a Fulani Herdsman by Tiv settlers from Benue state on Monday.
The deceased herdsman, Babuba Dengi was reportedly killed in the bush between the aforementioned communities by Tiv settlers in Benue state.
Following the shocking incident, Governor Ayodele Fayose summoned an emergency meeting at the government House last night in Ekiti where he warned farmers and herdsmen against turning the state into a war zone .
He ordered security agencies in the state to fish out the killers of the herdsman and bring them to justice even as he continues to appeal to people in the state.
During the meeting with Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, farmers, local hunters, security agencies and representatives of the Tiv community in the state, Fayose warned that there is no room for the killing of Fulani herdsmen or farmers or anybody in the state.
“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.”
A communique read by Fayose at the end of the meeting summoned leaders of the herdsmen, farmers, hunters, council chairmen and traditional rulers from Oke Ako and Irele to an expanded meeting.