Following the recent killing of a Tiv woman in Orin Ekiti by suspected Fulani herdsmen, Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, who slammed the Serikin Fulani in the state, Muhammed Abashe, said that henceforth, Abashe who had failed in providing leadership by not stopping his kinsmen from destroying farm, will be held responsible for any further attack in the state.
Governor Fayose, who condemned the herdsmen attacks on residents “at the slightest provocation”, also ordered them to register with N5,000 in their host communities for identity and location.
“If you (Fulani herders) still want to stay among us, you must accept the responsibility to ensure that none of our peoples’ farms is destroyed by herdsmen any longer.
None of our people must be killed by your men, either they are strangers or those herdsmen living among us. If any killing or destruction of farms of our people occurs again in that area, I will ensure that I use the law to fight you their leader on it. This is the last warning I am giving you,” he warned.
The Ekiti State Governor, who confirmed this report in tweets, also disclosed that he will be promoting an executive bill to the House of Assembly, proposing a five-year jail term for anybody found guilty of harbouring ‘killer’ herdsmen in the state.
Henceforth, to operate in Ekiti State, herdsmen must have to register with N5,000 in host communities. We must know the identity of all herdsmen operating in Ekiti and who should be held responsible in the event of any further attacks in the state.
Also, the Sarkin Fulani (Head of Fulanis) in Ekiti State, Muhammad Abashe, will be held personally responsible for any further attacks in his domain.
Besides, I will forward an executive bill to the House of Assembly proposing a five-year jail term for anybody found guilty of harbouring ‘killer’ herdsmen in the state.