Communities In Ekiti Protest Incessant Attack By Herdsmen
By Blessing Agboola
People of Ipao/Oke- Ako/Ijowa/Irele all in Ekiti State have protested the incessant invasion and destruction of their farms by herdsmen.
The People who were visibly dejected and unhappy by the wanton destruction carried placards with various incriptions bearing their minds and agitations.
The people while speaking with journalists explained that the development had subjected them to pains and agony adding that majority of them have incured serious debt.
According to them, the herders deliberately allowed their cattle to destroy their farm produce while the herders have also continued to attack innocent farmers.
The protesters including women lamented that they all live in fear in the community as they could no longer go to farm for fear of attack and rape.
In a chat with some leaders in the communities including the Alajowa of Ijowa Ekiti Oba Omopariola, Regent of Oke Ako Ekiti, Princess Tinuade Adebayo, the Akogun of Irele Ekiti, Chief Samuel Bejide, Chief Gbenga Adebayo the Oluafin of ijowa Ekiti and Abayomi OLuwafemi the Mounth piece of that area noted that their lives are now in danger as a result of the non-stop attacks from the herders.
They appealed to the state government to come to their aid saying the attack had now turned them to beggars in their own land.
Meanwhile the people of Ipao/ Oke Ako/ Ajowa/Irele passionately appealed to the state government to reconstruct the collapsed Arikin Bridge linking the communities together with other parts of the state.
They said that the bridge, if reconstructed would ease the movement of farm produce in and out of the state.