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Ekiti Community Mourns As Armed Men Behead Cattle Rearer

A cattle rearer, Ahmed Dele, has been beheaded by yet-to-be identified persons in Omu town,Oye Local Government area of Ekiti State.

The victim, it was learnt was pursued by his assailants while on grazing expedition. They beheaded him after they caught up with him some few kilometers away from the town.

Confirming the incident, Secretary of Jamunati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State Chapter, Idris Salaudeen said the victim was a member of the association.

According to him ,Dele , 26, a Fulani from Kwara State was declared missing by his boss,Jimoh Dele last Monday, February 6, 2017 after he failed to return home with his Cattle.

He added that the victim’s body was later discovered around 4.30 am in the bush,some two kilometers away from the town.

Salaudeen disclosed that with this ugly incident, many of them are now afraid of going about with their legitimate business since they don’t known the motive behind the gruesome killing of one of their members .
Said he, “Up till,now there was no reported case of clash between the victim and any farmer in the area.”

The Fulani’s scribe therefore called on the Federal Government and security agencies to save the Fulani community from what he termed ‘ unprovoked and unwarranted attack by unmasking the killers and bringing them to justice .

“This is a very sad frightening development considering what the country is going through in terms of insecurity.There has been a lot of misconceptions and negative report about the activities of Fulani herdsmen in recent time.But I want to tell you that we are peace loving people and we have been living peacefully with our various host communities in Ekiti State.

Also speaking,the traditional ruler of the community,the Olomu of Omu,Oba JA Ogundeyi described the incident as strange and condemnable.

The monarch described the victim as a peace loving individual.

He explained that the community had been thrown into mourning since the news broke out .

“The deceased is personally known to me in the Palace because he was a jovial person.Whenever he was leading his cattle for grazing, he would stop by and play with me. In fact , the whole community is very sad about this.

”Our community played host to many tribes and ethnic groups and we have been living together peacefully.”

Oba Ogundeyi ,who,appealed for calm ,however said that the palace in collaboration with other stakeholders have swung into action with the view to unearth the mystery behind the incident.

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