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Ekiti govt condemns killing of two farmers by suspected herdsmen

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The Ekiti State Government has condemned the alleged gruesome killing of two farmers, including Toyin Akeju and Mr. Yusuf Onoche, at Isaba-Ekiti, Ikole Local Council, by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.

The sad incident occurred on Friday evening when the farmers were said to have had a confrontation with the herders, which escalated to bloodshed.

A statement by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation, Akin Omole, yesterday, said that the departed were reported to have been industrious family men and community leaders who were popular and well loved by the community.

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He said: “We empathise with the Asaba of Isaba-Ekiti, Oba Olanrewaju Oluwaseun Adeyanju, the families of our slain kinsmen, and the entire people of Isaba-Ekiti on this tragic occurrence, which has understandably led to demonstrations in protest of the killings.

“We appeal to the community for calm even when justifiably grieving and angry, and co-operate with the security agencies in the investigations.

“The deeply worrisome development is being investigated by the Ekiti State Command of the Nigeria Police Force, in collaboration with the Amotekun Corps in Ekiti State, with a view to bringing the culprits to book and forestalling a re-occurrence. Ekiti State is fully supporting the security agencies in this regard.

“We stand by you and will do all it takes as a government to bring the culprits to book, and ensure Ekiti is safe and secure.”

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