Fayose cautions Fulani, Tiv against reprisals in Ekiti State
• Orders immediate arrest of killers of herdsman
Following reports of the alleged killing of a Fulani herdsman, Babuga Dengi, by suspected Tiv people on Monday in a bush between Irele and Oke Ako in Ikole Local Council of Ekiti State, Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday warned resident foreigners against reprisals. He stated that such would not be condoned by his administration.
Fayose, who issued the warning during a fact-finding meeting yesterday in Ado-Ekiti with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, farmers, local hunters, security agencies and representatives of the Tiv community, equally summoned all the parties, including the affected council chairmen for a peace parley tomorrow.
Warning the Fulani herdsmen and Tiv farmers against turning Ekiti into a war zone, the governor ordered security agents to immediately fish out the killers of the cattle rearer.
He said: “I can’t accept anybody to be killed. If anybody kills anyone, I will make sure you are killed in ensuring justice. I am sad about the killings 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 problem between us. The Oke Ako-Irele issue should not be allowed to fester. Cooperate with us and whoever kills would be fished out.”
Fayose went on: “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 herders and some Tiv people, but at that, we can’t condone lawlessness. We don’t want that type of Benue issue here.”
The communiqué, read by the governor, resolved that the people must live in peace, just as it was agreed that the committee on herdsmen should be expanded to include Fulani herders. It also urged the panel to be more proactive and report immediately to security agents whenever they see strange faces in their communities.
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