By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Iyemero-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State has been thrown into mourning following the attack allegedly carried out in the early hours of Monday morning by suspected herders that claimed lives of two persons and landed three others in the hospital.
The attacked persons were reportedly macheted and many displaced from their residences by these assailants, who were said to have invaded the farmstead at midnight.
The gory incident occurred at a farmstead called Eda, one of the communities under Iyemero town.
Sources identified one of the dead as Mr. Danjuma Ali, a Muslim farmer while the identity of the second person, whose bodies had been deposited in the morgue of the General hospital, Ikole Ekiti is still sketchy as at the time of filing this report.
Those undergoing Medicare at the emergency section of the Federal Teaching Hospital(FETHI), Ido-Ekiti include: Mrs. Jennifer Akoko,Mr. Joseph Achebe and one other victim.
The source said: “It has happened again today, it has been a recurrent killing. Some herders called Bororo stormed the farmstead and shot these innocent people.
“They came around 1am and were there till dawn. Our farmers are all afraid to go to their farmsteads. They all rushed to the palace of Oba Ebenezer Agboola Ogungbemi,the Olu of Iyemero-Ekiti to take refuge.
” We are mourning today at Iyemero, we are not happy about this incident and the government must do something about it”, the source said.
The Olu of Iyemero,Oba Ogungbemi and Olu-In-Council, restated their calls for establishment of a police station in the town to curb these vampires.
The monarch, who spoke through the palace spokesman,Chief Ariyo Abejide, said there was urgent need for the teeming population of farmers in this farmstead to be protected and secured by the security agencies from another seemingly and imminent attacks and onslaught from the marauders.
“These Fulani herders stormed the community through the border of Iyemero at Eruku in Kwara state. This makes Iyemero a porous exit and entrant, which portend dangers and insecurity to the community, ikole local government and the state in general”.
Oba Ogungbemi urged the residents to be peaceful and called for immediate intervention of the state government in this regard.
Also,the head of security and community vigilante group, Chief Jimoh Eshikin called on the state government to empower the village hunters,in order to assist the security agents in effective Security surveillance and patrol.
When called, the Police Public Relations Officer(PPRO), Ekiti Command, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said he has not been briefed about the matter.