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Confusion In Ekiti, As Suspected Herdsmen Kill Commercial Motorcyclist



Palpable fears and confusion enveloped the quiet town of Ipao, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State in the late hours of yesterday , as a 32-year- Old man, Olayemi Tunde was reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen.

Our correspondent learnt that the father of two was reportedly killed while returning from his farm.

Olayemi, a commercial motorcycle operator, who also has a farm in one of Ipao Ekiti farm settlements, it was gathered had gone to his farm to harvest some cassava when he met his untimely death

The tragic incident has thrown the town into confusion as residents of the agrarian community have been gripped by fear.

The chairman of Ikole local government area, Mrs. Abiola Ajayi, who narrated the incident to journalists on telephone, said, “The deceased was an Okada man who has a farm in the settlement. He had gone to his farm to harvest some cassava. He was with one other person. They were heading back to town from the farm and have loaded the motorbike with cassava when they saw some Fulani herdsmen coming towards them.

“The two of them were said to have been surprised at seeing the herdsmen. They said it was at that point the herdsmen brought out their gun and the two of the farmers had to run for their life.

“The Bororos were said to have pursued the two men and eventually got Olayemi who they massacred like a cow. We have reported the matter to the nearest police station and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) has since swung into action and sent two vehicles and they have gone to the scene of the murder to take the corpse and also commence investigation,” she said.

Head of the local hunters in the community, Adebayo Odeyemi,  said the hunters have declared war on the herdsmen and would not allow such development to be repeated.

“We haven’t attacked any herdsman but they have killed one now and right now we will ensure they are not allowed to do this again. We are valiant men not cowards and we will face them this time around. They have massacred one of us mercilessly and this won’t happen again.”