The Ekiti State Governor , Ayodele Fayose, has raised the alarm over what he alleged was a plot by Fulani herdsmen to unleash mayhem in the state.
The governor who made the claims in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, said the herdsmen had taken over the state’s forest reserves and were using the forest as cover to unleash violence on the state.
Mr. Fayose had earlier condemned the herdsmen’s killing in Benue and had described it as terrorism. Ekiti, like Benue, has an anti-open grazing law.
He had also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently declare the herdsmen as terrorists based on their activities in Benue and other parts of the country.
According to him, some persons identified as Fulani herdsmen fondly called the ‘Bororo’ were making a surreptitious move into the outskirts of Ekiti with the aim to kill and maim people and ”rubbish his anti-grazing law.”
“I have received letters that the Bororos have entered our reserves they want to violate our laws. I want to call on the attention of the federal government that they have come and want to kill men and kids and women in Ekiti,” he said.
The governor subsequently held a meeting with all local hunters from the 16 local government areas of the state and charged them to secure the state.
“If you have charms, don’t forget to use it and make them sleep off, because your people must not be killed,” he charged the hunters.
“We will not allow that to happen. I want you all the hunters to go back today to protect your people. Be vigilant, open your eyes, make sure everyone entering our state is screened.
“No one in the guise of grazing should enter our land after 8 p.m. For our brothers who harbour criminals, tell them Ekiti is a no go area.
“If your plan is to make this state ungovernable, you are wasting your time. I have called this meeting for everyone to be vigilant. I will begin to support you now to secure Ekiti.”
Source: ( Premium Times )