Palpable fear has enveloped Ipao Ekiti in the Ikole Council area of Ekiti State as gunmen alleged to be Fulani herdsmen killed a 32-year-old father of two, Olayemi Tunde while he was returning from his farm in the community.
Olayemi, a commercial motorbike rider, who also has a farm in the farm settlement in Ipao Ekiti had gone to harvest some cassava when he met the Fulani herdsmen who allegedly hacked him to death.
Chairman of Ikole Local Government, Mrs Abiola Ajayi, who briefed newsmen on the tragic development via the 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 had loaded the motorbike with cassava when they saw some Fulani herdsmen coming towards them. They were said to have been surprised on 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 lives.
“The Bororos were said to have pursued the two men and eventually got Olayemi whom they massacred like a cow. We have reported the matter to the nearest police station and the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) had since swung into action”.
According to the council boss, on the DPO’s order, policemen have gone to the scene of the murder to take the corpse and also begin investigation.
Head of the local hunters in the community, Adebayo Oderemi, said the hunters had declared war on the herdsmen and would not allow a repeat of the sad development.