For fear of the unknown, residents of Ipao-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State have been fleeing the community in droves.
Their decision was triggered by the murder of a farmer, Tunde
Olayemi, last Sunday, February 11 by suspected herdsmen while
returning from his farm.
The residents are gripped with fear of a possible attack by herdsmen in the future.
Their fear was further heightened by the attack on the residence of a
politician, Mr. Akinsola Adu, in the early hours of Wednesday by unknown individuals inflicting serious wounds on the gate man, a day after the governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, visited the community to sue for peace following herders and farmers’ attacks.
Four unknown individuals reportedly laid siege to the home of
Akinsola, who was said to be away on holiday to the United States of
The invaders injured Adu’s gateman, whose name was given as Anthony
Egeh, an indigene of Benue State, who has been taken to his village by
his kinsmen over insecurity in Ipao.
Fayose had on Tuesday visited the community alongside Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdullahi Chafe.
A visit to the community shows the residents have been relocating to safer towns and villages since Wednesday.
A resident, Gbenga Eniafe, said the people of the community no longer
sleep with their eyes closed after the latest attack as they believe
their security was no longer guaranteed.
Eniafe said: “Ipao is becoming desolate by the day because people pack their belongings everyday and leaving for where they believe their
lives are safe.
“Our people are scared that another attack by the Fulanis is imminent;
nobody knows when they will attack the town again and they don’t want
their blood to be spilled again.
“It is only the aged people and the physically challenged that cannot
leave because of their condition. Some who fled to places that are not far come in the day time and pass the night in their new abodes.
“It is very unfortunate that both federal and state governments are
helpless to protect our people from these Fulani invaders,” he said.