Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has charged the police and the Department of State Security (DSS) to fish out the killers of a herdsman, Mr Ahmed Dele, in Omu Ekiti, Oye Local Government Area of the state, vowing to bring the killers to justice.
Ahmed Dele was allegedly killed by ritualists during communal clashes between the Aiyede and Itaji communities all in Oye Local Government Area, which led to loss of lives and destruction of properties.
A press statement issued in Ado Ekiti yesterday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Idowu Adelusi, read in part: “Information gathered indicated that the herdsman, Mr Ahmed Dele was killed by ritualists and not as a result of any conflict between the cattle rearers and the farmers.”
On the incessant communal clash between the Aiyede and Itaji communities over land dispute, Adelusi said that the governor had set up a panel to be headed by the Oluyin of Iyin Ekiti, Oba Ajakaiye, to look into the matter, stressing that the government was fully prepared to implement the report of the panel. Adelusi said Governor Fayose has charged the police and the Department of State Security (DSS) to fish out the killers and other criminals in the area and charge them to court immediately.
The governor vowed to deal decisively with the criminals and those harbouring them and asked landlords to hand them over to the police without delay. He also asked traditional rulers of the communities to cooperate with the security agents to fish out the killers.
The government enjoined traditional rulers to promote and maintain peace within their domains.