- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has condemned the killing of a farmer allegedly killed by herdsmen
- Tunde Olayemi was ambushed and killed on Sunday, February 11, by armed men suspected to be herdsmen
- Fayose promised that the anti-open grazing law would be reviewed and strengthened to forestall further attacks and invasion by herdsmen
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, on Wednesday, February 14, condemned the killing of a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, by armed men suspected to be herdsmen.
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Fayose stated that the anti-open grazing law in the state would be reviewed and strengthened to forestall further attacks and invasion by herdsmen, Channels TV reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that he advised the residents affected by the attack against reprisals and extrajudicial reactions.
The 32-year-old farmer was killed in Ipao, Ikole local government area of the state by suspected herdsmen.
During his condolence visit to the relatives of the slain farmer, the governor promised to ensure the amendment of the state anti-grazing law to further check the menace. He condemned the shooting of Olayemi on his way home from his cassava farm as one incident too many.
He said: "We will not tolerate the killing of anyone no matter the tribe, and none of our people should also kill cows out of provocation. Do not take laws into your hands."
Bunmi Ajayi, a survivor of the attack, said he was with Olayemi when he was coming from the farm and they were suddenly ambushed by the gunmen, adding that they shot and killed Olayemi in the process and mutilated his hand afterwards.
A survivor of the attack, Bunmi Ajayi said he was with Olayemi when he was coming from the farm and the gunmen suddenly ambushed them. He explained that they shot and killed Tunde in the process, after which they mutilated his had.
He added: “We were coming from the farm on Sunday evening when we suddenly sighted the three suspected killer herdsmen. They gave us a hot chase, I was lucky to escape with minor injuries but they caught up with Tunde and killed him.”
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state on Tuesday, February 13, visited Ipao-Ekiti to condole with the family of a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, who was killed on Sunday, February 11 by suspected herdsmen.
At a meeting with the leaders of the community, Fayose appealed to the people of Ipao to ensure that there were no reprisal killings.
He said: ”I appeal to you to ensure you live peacefully with the Fulani herdsmen in your community. We want a peaceful situation that would not allow any reprisal."
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