Farmers-herdsmen clash in Ekiti: …nobody was killed – Police …two persons were killed – Monarch

The traditional ruler of the community, that the herdsmen attacked, Olu of Iyemero, Oba Ebenezer Ogungbemi, has insisted that two people were killed in the attack allegedly carried out by suspected Fulani herders, contrary to the Ekiti State Police Command claim, that nobody was killed in the Monday attack at Iyemero -Ekiti.

Some suspected herdsmen had in the early hours of Monday invaded a farmland at Eda in Iyemero, in Ikole Local government of Ekiti state and shot a seven-year-old boy and a couple which led to the death of the husband, who later died, according to Oba Ebenezer Ogungbemi.

The report from the Vanguard had it that, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Asuquo Amba had in a statement, on Tuesday, dismissed the widely circulated report that the attack was perpetrated by suspected herdsmen.

As the case may be, from the Vanguard report, a PDP chieftain in the area has asked for more synergy to address insecurity, while the police denied the claim that two people were killed in the attack, and described the report as mere hearsay. Police claimed that preliminary report by the command indicated that the attack was carried out by armed robbers and that nobody died during the operation.

Monarch Ogungbemi faulted Police claim However, the monarch insisted that two persons were shot dead. He said this when the delegation sent by Governor Kayode Fayemi to commiserate with the town visited him. According to Oba Ogungbemi said: “They invaded the community at midnight and shot a seven-year-old boy and scattered his head. They also shot a couple in the other house and the husband died after they were rushed to Ikole General Hospital and the bullets could not be extracted from his body early enough.

“They have removed the bullets from the body of the wife and she has been referred to Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti for treatment.

“What we know is that the robbers used to escape through  Ikole-Itapaji-Iyemero-Eruku route to Kwara State after robbing banks in Ado Ekiti, it is a fact that we have a porous border.” He said.

The royal father, according to reports, calls for the establishment of a police station in the town to curb these vampires.

He added: “The correct information now is that two people had died. People can’t go to their camp, because they are afraid. About  60 of them have been displaced and they were here in my palace till Wednesday before they left.”

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Joseph Athanasius

Joseph Athanasius is a Public Affairs Commentator and News Writer at InfoGuide Nigeria News.

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