Residents of Orin-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of Ekiti State on Wednesday protested against the alleged attempt by suspected herdsmen to forcefully take over the community lands by hoisting their flags.
Recall that a hunter, Mr Emmanuel Ilori was killed by suspected herdsmen while hunting in the farm settlement sometime in June this year.
Also, it will be recalled that people of the community had raised alarm a few weeks ago over the invasion of their farmlands by herders with their cows where crops worth over N80 million were destroyed.
The protesters, comprising old and young men and women revealed that their lives are being threatened by the herdsmen, regretting that the herders had destroyed crops belonging to 70 farmers.
The protesters, who chanted derisive songs against the invaders, paraded placards with the following inscriptions: “Save Our Lives We are in danger in Orin Ekiti’; ‘Save Orin Ekiti from Herdsmen invasion’; ‘We are Tired of molestation by Herdsmen’; ‘We Won’t Allow Fulani to Chase us from Our Land’, ‘Government Must Relocate Fulani Herdsmen’, among others.
Addressing journalists, the Onikare of Orin-Ekiti, Chief Bamidele Fasuyi, alleged that the herders, had occupied and destroyed crops planted on the abandoned 2500 acres of land at Orin Farm settlement.
According to him, “What they wanted is to invade our land and chase us away. They even killed one of our able-bodied men this year.
They are imposing some curfew in this town because our youths can’t go to farm freely and the government has not been doing something. Several hectares of land had been destroyed. They used to operate at night with AK 47 rifle.
“Over 70 farmers were affected in our record. Crops worth 50 million have been ravaged. They ate up their products like Cocoayam, yam, cassava and others and made them incur debts.