Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Monday declared war on the rampaging Fulani Herdsmen by placing a ban on free grazing in Ekiti while also ordering the security agencies and local hunters to gun down herdsmen seen terrorizing the people.
He said this in Oke Ako in Ikole Ekiti during a visit to the beleaguered town where two persons were reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen on Saturday.
The governor, who stormed the town in a convoy on about 30 vehicles was escorted by the Commissioner of Police, Mr Etop James, the Director of Department of State Security, Mr Andrew Iorkay and Command of Nigerian Security Civil Defence Corps, Mr John Ikemefuna.
Due to the lethal attack, the town still seemed deserted while soldiers, mobile policemen and men of the NSCDC were seen in strategic places in the town to ward off further attacks.
Fayose donated a Hilux van and a sum of N5 million to the local vigilante group operating under the auspices of Association of Ekiti Hunters to be able to defend the town while also donating a sum of N2.5 million to the families of the deceased.
The Governor , who said a bill criminalising grazing would soon be passed into law in Ekiti State House of Assembly , also ordered that communities should henceforth confiscate cattle found on sight.
He said henceforth, those interested in cattle farming should get their own private cattle ranch.
from one location to another criminal in the State is to be sent to the State House of Assembly without delay. He said a bill to make movement of cattle.
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