Ilorin Fulani herdsmen begs Fayose to lift ban

– Fulanis from Ilorin have appealed to the Ekiti state
governor, Ayo Fayose to lift the ban placed on open
grazing
– The Fulani leader said his members had over 3 million
cattle across Ekiti and restricting them would bring
their businesses to a halt

Governor Ayodele Fayose, while addressing local hunters at
Oke-Ako Ekiti yesterday, May 23
Fulanis from Ilorin have appealed to the Ekiti state
governor, Ayo Fayose to lift the ban placed on open grazing
to save the cattle business of their members across the
state.
According to National Mirror, the Seriki of the Fulani from
Ilorin, Alhaji Mahmood Ahmadu, exonerated his members
of complicity in the attack launched by suspected herdsmen
on Oke Ako Ekiti last Friday, leading to the death of two
persons.
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The governor had during his visit to Oke Ako in Ikole Local
Government on Monday, announced the ban on open
grazing, advising farmers interested in cattle rearing to
have their private ranches.
Ahmadu, who said he had over 100,000 members in the
state, said those who had their residences and property in
Oke Ako, Irele and Ipao Ekiti had vacated them as a result
of the order given by the governor that any cattle seen
around the vicinity must be killed.
Leader of the Fulani Ilorin said that his members had over
three million cattle across the 16 council areas of the state,
saying restricting them would bring their businesses to a
halt.
Ahmadu promised that his people would join hands with
the governor to bring the perpetrators of the nefarious act
to book and to secure the state and prevent it from being
attacked by killer herdsmen.
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“Ilorin Fulani herdsmen are not killers, we are responsible
citizens. I have been in Ado Ekiti for 40 years. My people
had property in different locations and are now living in
palpable fear,” he said.
Fayose had earlier said he cannot guarantee the level that
the reprisal attacks can get to because as a governor adding
that it is his responsibility to defend and protect the people.
Fayose described activities of the Fulani Herdsmen as
inimical to the revival of agriculture in the country.

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