A village in Ekiti, Oke Ako, in Ikole Local government area was thrown into pandemonium following attacks by Fulani Herdsmen.
Two persons were confirmed dead while scores were inflicted with varying degrees of machete gunshot wounds. An eyewitness reported that the village has since been deserted following the attack.
In response, Governor Ayodele Fayose said “I have directed the police and other security agencies in the State to fish out the killer herdsmen.
“I am in constant touch with the security agencies and I hope that the killer herdsmen will be fished out wherever they are and made to face the full wrath of the law.
“The people of Oke-Ako should therefore remain calm while the security agents do their job. However, the security agents must be mindful of the fact that the people’s patience has a limit and they must therefore act promptly and decisively.
“Farmlands costing billions of naira have been destroyed in States in the South-West, South-East and North-Central zones of the country.
“One wonders how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal Government is not doing anything about it.”
“I am sounding a note of warning to the Fulani herdsmen and those who can talk to them should also do so now. If they continue with these wanton attacks, killing of the people and destruction of farmlands in Ekiti, I cannot guarantee that there won’t be reprisal attacks.
“I can also not guarantee the level that the reprisal attacks can get to because as a governor, it is my responsibility to defend and protect my people.
“Those close to President Muhammadu Buhari should ask him to stop paying lips service to the Fulani herdsmen’s menace, since he is the patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
“President Buhari should therefore call his people to order because this is Ekiti.
“President Buhari must be reminded of how he was so concerned about the killing of Fulani herdsmen in in Saki, Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State such that he, as a private citizen, led Arewa to Ibadan on October 13, 2000, to confront the then Governor of Oyo State, late Alhaji Lam Adesina.”