The governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday, paid condolence visit to the family of one Olayemi Tunde in Ipao Ekiti who was killed by suspected herdsmen on Sunday.
Speaking after the visit, Governor Fayose appreciated the prompt response of security agencies – army, police, DSS, Civil Defence and the local hunters that prevented further breakdown of law and order in the town.
Speaking further, he said: “In Ekiti State under my watch, you cannot kill human being and go scot-free.
“We will protect every law abiding residents of the State, including Fulani herdsmen and their cows.
“It is my promise that those who killed Olatomiwa will be fished out and punished.”
Consequently, he has directed that a committee be set up to look into the immediate and remote causes of incessant attacks in Ipao Ekiti by suspected herdsmen and other surrounding towns.
Few days earlier, on February 11, Fayose had taunted the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for its nonchalance in the face of ongoing carnage by Fulani herdsmen nationwide.
He asked rhetorically: “How can we be having IDPs everywhere when no country is at war with us and we are not fighting civil war?
“Why are we becoming refugees in our own country owing to incessant attacks by supposed herdsmen?
“Why is the FG afraid to treat these criminal herdsmen as terrorists?”
He, therefore, called on the federal government, which controls all security apparatus in the country, to wake up to its responsibility.
He said the government is untrusted with the responsibility to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians, especially against these criminal herdsmen that are now acting more like terrorists.
He promised that ‘as God liveth, Ekiti under his leadership, will not be a State where you kill anyone and go scot-free’.
“Those who killed Olayemi Tunde in Ipao Ekiti yesterday (be they herdsmen or anything) will be fished out and punished in accordance with our laws,” he promised.
He thereby sympathized with the families of the slain.
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