​Suspected herders kill two farmers in Ekiti

Ado Ekiti—Suspected herdsmen have killed two farmers in Isaba Ekiti,Ikole local government area of Ekiti State.

The incident, which has created tension in the agrarian community, was said to have occurred on Friday evening, when the farmers were said to have had a confrontation with the herders which turned out to be bloody.

A resident of the town confirmed that one of the victims was popularly known as Jisoro while the other was a security guard with aconstruction company.

The herders were said to have fled after killing the victims.

Speaking further on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, ASP Sunday Abutu, said crisis between the farmers and herders led to the death of the two persons.

Abutu stated that it was a confrontation between the farmers and people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen called Bororo, who were alleged to have been terrorising the Ipao-Oke Ako-Irele axis of the council area.

Abutu added that the deceased’scorpses have been recovered and deposited in the morgue at Ikole General Hospital.

He said: “There was a crisisbetween some farmers andBororo herders . In the process, there were casualties.

“The police were contacted and operatives have been deployed to that axis to maintain peace.

“Meanwhile investigation has already commenced to unravel the reason for the crisis and to ensure that culprits are brought to book.

“Corpses of the victims hadalready beendeposited in the morgue”.

Abutu said the Police Commissioner, Ekiti Command, Mr. Babatunde Mobayo, called for calm , sayinghis men are on the trail of the suspected killers.

The Commander of Amotekun Corps in Ekiti State, Brig Gen. Joe Komolafe, said the victims were declared missing on Friday , having gone to farm and refused toreturn home, whichfueled speculation that something terrible must have happened to them.

Akomolafe said the incident was reported to the police and Amotekun, who assembled their operatives and went to their farm where the victims were found dead.

“Upon inquiry, we learnt that the victims fought with the Bororo herders for coming to harvest Bee’s honey in their farms on Wednesday, which degerated to exchange of fisticuffs.

“In a reprisal attack, the Bororo herders were said to have come back to the farm again on Friday and shot the two men dead”.

​Murder of my elder brother should mark an end to insecurity in Sankera, says Senator Suswam

The lawmaker representing Benue North East Senatorial District, Senator Gabriel Suswam has said the assassination of his elder brother, Chief Terkura Suswam should mark an end to the state of insecurity in Sankera axis of the state comprising Logo, Ukum and Katsina-Ala Local Government Areas, LGAs, of the state.

Chief Suswam was last Tuesday gruesomely murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be loyalists of late militia leader Terwase Agwaza alias Gana, in his country home at Anyiin in Logo LGA of the state sparking widespread outrage and condemnation.

He appealed to the people of the axis to embrace peace and put an end to all forms of criminality and insecurity that have become a source of concern for all stakeholders in the state.

According to a statement by the State Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Bemgba Iortyom, Senator Suswam spoke yesterday when the Benue State Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Sir John Ngbede led members of the State Working Committee of the party to pay him condolence in Makurdi over the demise of his elder brother.

The former Governor lamented the lingering insecurity in the axis regretting that his brother had to “pay the supreme price a development which should mark a turning point in the situation.”

Earlier, the PDP Chairman recalled the exemplary lifestyle of the late Chief Suswam chose to live in Anyiin, far away from Makurdi, where he dedicated himself to the pursuit of the peace, security and progress of his people.

Sir Ngbede, while decrying the death of the renown philanthropist, agreed with Senator Suswam that the death was one too many and that the activities of criminal elements terrorising the Sankera axis of the state should be brought to an end.