By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—Following incessant attacks on Ipao-Ekiti in Ikole Local Government area by herdsmen, Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has promised to set up a five man committee that would investigate the root cause of the killings in the town.Fayose
Fayose, who said he would amend the anti-grazing law such that anyone who kills herdsmen’s cattle would be jailed for a year, also promised to compensate the bereaved family and affected herdsmen who lost their cattle
The Governor said this during his visit to Ipao-Ekiti, the community where herdsmen allegedly killed a farmer, Tunde Olayemi, 32, on Sunday.
Members of the community, who trooped out in large number to welcome the governor, displayed placards to show their displeasure at the sad development.
He appealed to the people of Ipao and their leaders to shun any form of reprisal attack.
He said: “I appeal to you to ensure you live peacefully with the herdsmen in tour community. We want a peaceful situation and don’t allow any reprisal.
“We will investigate and get to the root cause of this sad development and particularly why this community has become a flashpoint so we can find a lasting solution to it.”
“The security operatives have been deployed in to your town and would secure place”, he added.
On his part, Commissioner of Police in the state, Ibrahim Chafe said a security meeting with all other security operatives, such as the State Security Services, Civil Defense Corps, army and the mobile police had been called on how to mobilise their men to secure the community.
Chafe said: “I m holding a security meeting with all other security operatives to discuss how we would secure the community with our men.”