Herdsmen Attack: Miyetti Allah Asks Fayose To Show Statesmanship

Miyetti-Allah, Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti, HerdsmenThe Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has asked Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to show statesmanship over the recent alleged herdsmen attack on a community in his state.

The Secretary General of the Association, Baba Ngelzerma, made the appeal on Wednesday while reacting to the Governor’s ban on public grazing and cattle rearing in Ekiti State in southwest Nigeria.

“The statement that the Governor issued, I think he has to exercise some restraint (and) he has to show statesmanship on solving this issue,” he said.

Mr Ngelzerma said on Sunrise Daily that the association was making efforts to meet with Governor Fayose, adding that the association was in contact with its branch in Ekiti State over the matter.

He admitted that there were bad ones amongst them but urged the public not to put blames on the herdsmen until an investigation was conducted.

“Like every other community in Nigeria, we have our own criminals too but then, you cannot jump to conclusion and just apportion blame on a particular group even before an investigation is conducted,” he said.

One-sided Dissemination of Information
The Miyetti Allah Secretary General disclosed that the association had convened a meeting last week, to look at ways of solving the lingering crisis between the herdsmen and various communities across Nigeria.

Ngelzerma stressed that the media had a major role to play in solving the crises while he commended Channels Television for giving them the opportunity to tell their own side of the story.

He condemned the one-sided dissemination of information to the public, urging other broadcast organisations to emulate Channels Television and balance their stories.

One Killed, Five Injured In Herdsmen Attack On Community In Ekiti State

RiversOne person has been killed and five others injured when herdsmen attacked Oke-Ako community in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The attack occurred at about 8:00pm local time on Friday.

An eyewitness alleged that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the night with guns, bow, arrows, sword, machetes and shot sporadically, leaving Mr Lekan Arossayin dead and five others seriously injured.

The injured persons have been taken to a private hospital in Ado Ekiti, the capital of the state.

‘Reprisal Attack’

Another eyewitness also described the incident as a ‘reprisal attack’.

He said the herdsmen had a fall-out previously with the villagers over their grazing activities in the community.

According to him, the villagers had been resisting the use of their farmlands as grazing fields by the herdsmen.

The Commissioner of Police, Etop John-James, said security personnel had taken control to prevent further attack on the community.

The father of the young man who was killed by the herdsmen appealed for government’s intervention.

For now, the people of the community continue to live in fear, while some are already moving out of the town.

While Nigeria seems to be reeling out of insurgency in the northeast, attack by herdsmen on communities are increasing.

President Muhammadu Buhari had asked security operatives in the nation to check the trend and bring perpetrators to book.