Benue indigenes are being suspected for the murder of a herdsman, BabugaDengi whose body was found somewhere between Irele and OkeAko in Ikole local government area of Ekiti state.
Ayo Fayose, Governor of Ekiti state during a staekholders meeting with the Fulani and Benue community leaders, said that these attacks which are believed to be revenge killings will not be allowed to go on in his state.
He explained that the state is working on a permanent solution to end the growing tension between farmers and herdsmen over farm destruction and the herdsmen attack with the most recent event claiming the lives of over 70 Benue indigenes.
Fayose asked that the two communities cease fire as he had ordered security operatives to find the herdsman killer and bring him/them to justice.
“I can’t accept anybody to be killed. If anybody kills anyone, I will make sure you are killed by ensuring justice. I’m sad about the killing in Benue but we don’t want brutality in Ekiti,” he said.
“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 problems between us. OkeAko-Irele issue should not be allowed to fester. Cooperate with us and whoever kills would be fished out
“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 the information so far, the deceased died as a result of a 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.”