Following the killing of two farmers by suspected herdsmen, residents of Isaba-Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State have been gripped by palpable tension.
The gruesome incident occurred on Friday evening at a farmstead, according to Ejes Gist Naija News, where the farmers were said to have had an altercation with the herders, which escalated into bloodshed.
One of the victims was known as Jisoro, according to a town resident, and the other was a security guard for a construction company. After killing the victims, the assailants are said to have fled the area.
ASP Sunday Abutu, the Police Public Relations Officer for the Ekiti Command, said the two people died as a result of a conflict between farmers and herders. It was a clash between farmers and people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen known as Bororo, who were allegedly terrorising the Ipao-Oke Ako-Irele axis of the council area, according to Abutu.
The bodies of the deceased have been recovered and deposited in the morgue at Ikole General Hospital, according to Abutu.
“There was a crisis between some farmers and Bororo herders,” he explained. There were casualties in the process. To keep the peace, the police were contacted and operatives were dispatched to that axis. Meanwhile, an investigation into the cause of the crisis has begun, with the goal of bringing the perpetrators to justice.
The victims’ bodies had already been placed in the morgue.” Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, the Police Commissioner for Ekiti Command, has appealed for calm, saying that his men are on the lookout for the suspected killers.
Brig Gen. Joe Komolafe, Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ekiti State, said the victims were reported missing on Friday after going to a farm and refusing to return home, fueling speculation that something terrible had happened to them. According to him, the incident was reported to the police and Amotekun, who gathered their operatives and went to the victims’ farm, where they were discovered dead.
“Upon further investigation, we discovered that the victims had a fight with the Bororo herders on Wednesday over the Bororo herders coming to harvest Bee honey in their farms, which devolved into a fisticuffs exchange. “The Bororo herders were said to have returned to the farm on Friday in retaliation and shot the two men dead.