Protest Rocks Ekiti Community over Killing of Hunter by Herdsmen

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A hunter identified as  Emmanuel Ilori has been allegedly killed in Orin Ekiti, Ido-Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Saturday morning by suspected herdsmen.

Ilori  was said to have been killed at early hours on Saturday while hunting for animals with other four colleagues.

Others were said to have escaped by whiskers when the herdsmen opened fire on them.

One of the hunters who escaped , Adeniyi Ajayi said : ” We met the herdsmen numbering about thirty in the abandoned piggery farm in the town and when we attempted to inquire what they were doing in the farm, the herdsmen opened fire on us resulting in the death of Mr Ilori. It was really unfortunate. ”

He alleged that the herdsmen were kidnappers using the forest as hideouts.

The incident has led to a protest by people of the community calling on government to take pragmatic measures to check the incessant killings and kidnappings by herdsmen.

The protesters made burn fire on major roads in the community to show their grievances over the killing.

Addressing newsmen during the protest, High Chief Francis Falua and Chairman of Rice Farmers in Ekiti State, Mr Kolawole Rotimi explained that one pregnant woman was also allegedly killed by same herdsmen last year in the community.

They appealed to Governor Kayode Fayemi to wade into the matter before it gets out of hands.

Both community leaders noted that the herdsmen have been attacking farmers and feed their cattle with their farm produce.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Police Command, Caleb Ikechukwu confirmed the incident.

The PPRO added that the command had swung into action, promising that the killers would be arrested.