Some suspected herdsmen have reportedly
taken over some areas covering about 8km in Orin-Ekiti, Ido/Osi local government area of Ekiti State near Governor Kayode Fayemi’s hometown, Isan-Ekiti.
The Nation gathered that the herders hoisted a red flag at the ‘annexed’
farmlands where hey warned farmers to keep off or face death. Residents told journalist on Wednesday during
a protest that the herders occupied and
destroyed crops planted on the abandoned
2500 acres of land at Orin Farm settlement.
The protesters, comprising old and young
men and women, chanted derisive songs
against the invaders with placards bearing
their thoughts and agitations including ‘What is our sin?’; ‘Enough is Enough’; ‘Save Orin
Ekiti from herdsmen invasion’; ‘We are tired of
molestation by herdsmen’; ‘Government must
relocate Fulani Herdsmen’, among others.
While addressing journalists, the Onikare of
Orin-Ekiti, Chief Bamidele Fasuyi, alleged one
Emmanuel Ilori had been allegedly killed by
suspected herders while the Tiv people
farming in the town were chased away.
He regretted that the suspected herdsmen,
had destroyed crops worth over N50million
belonging to 70 farmers.
“What they wanted is to invade our land and
chase us away. They even killed one of our
able bodied men this year. They are imposing
some curfew in this town, because our youths
can’t go to farm freely and government has
not been doing something. Several hectares of
land had been destroyed. They used to
operate at night with AK 47 rifle.
“Over 70 farmers were affected in our record.
Crops worth N50 million have been ravaged .
They ate up their products like Coco yam,
yam, cassava and others and made them to
“We appeal to government to use the 2500
acres of land for farming. The state and
federal government as well as private bodies
should come to our aid. There were facilities
like electricity, buildings and equipment that
can aid farming if they want to invest “.
A youth leader, Mr. Omotoso Mathew Kayode,
alleged that the suspected herders had
hoisted a flag at the farm settlement, where
they warned the farmers to keep off or face
“They wrote keep off with a picture of a cattle
rearer on the flag. This is a serious threat.
The police , NSCDC and soldiers removed the
flag last year but they had hoisted another