Ekiti Farmers/Herders Clash: Monarch Faults Police On No Death Toll Claims

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The traditional ruler of Iyemero-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Ebenezer Ogungbemi has dismissed the claim by the Commissioner of Police, in the State, Mr. Asuquo Amba that preliminary report indicated that nobody died during the attack allegedly carried out on Monday by suspected herdsmen in a farmstead in his domain.

However,the monarch insisted that two people had died as a result of the attack.

Some suspected herders on Monday invaded a farmstead called Eda in Iyemero, in Ikole Local government and shot a seven year old boy during a raid and a couple whom the  husband later died in the hospital.

Having been reported that two people died in the attack, the police in a statement by Amba on Tuesday dismissed the claim that two people were killed, describing it as mere hearsay.

But the monarch insisted that two persons were  shot dead while speaking  on Wednesday when the delegation sent by Governor Kayode Fayemi to commiserate with the town visited the traditional ruler.

Oba Ogungbemi said the victims confirmed to him that Fulani herders who had been having a running battle with the farmers  perpetrated the dastardly act.

“They invaded the community at midnight and shot a seven year old boy and scattered his head. They also shot  a couple in the other house and the husband has died after they were rushed to Ikole General hospital and the bullets could not be extracted from his body early enough .

“They have removed the bullets from  the body of the wife and she had been referred  to Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti for treatment.

” What we know is that, the robbers used to escape through  Ikole-Itapaji-Iyemero-Eruku route to Kwara state after robbing banks in Ado Ekiti, it is a fact that we have a porous border.

“My people should be on alert and we are already mobilising the local hunters to work with the security agencies to tame the perpetrators”.

Oba  Ogungbemi  restated his calls for the establishment of a police station in the town to curb these vampires.

He added: “The correct information now is that , two people had died. People can’t go to their camp, because they are afraid .

” About  60 of them have been displaced and they were here in my palace till today(Wednesday) before they left “.

Condoling with the monarch, Fayemi, represented by the Information commissioner, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, said government would take every necessary step to arrest the killers and bring them to justice.

Fayemi added that his government was ready to pay the hospital bill of the victims in order to relieve them of the burden.

” We sympathise with you, because lives of Ekiti people are precious to us in this government .

“As part of the ways to arrest this situation, the governor has begun the construction of a police post in Iyemero. We are assuring you that something like this won’t happen again”.

On the revelation made by the monarch that two persons had died due to the attack contrary to the police’s report that no life was lost, Fayemi said : ” The governor knew there was  loss of lives and that was why we are to commiserate with the town.

“But in spite of this provocative attack,  they should remain calm and be law abiding, particularly the farmers.

” What we were told was that it was an armed robbery issue, according to findings and report but whatever dimension or form it must have emerged , we are prepared to tackle it”, he assured.

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