Herdsmen Now Receive Military Training In Ekiti Forest, Elders Cry Out

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Members of Ekiti Council of Elders reported that some Fulani Herdsmen now have camps in bushes where they undergo military training and perpetrate disastrous activities in the state.

According to reports submitted by the committee put up by the Council of Elders, some bad eggs among the Herdsmen have their hideout most specifically in the government Forest reserve where they undergo tough training to lay siege on their host communities in the state.

They disclosed that Herdsmen’s criminal activities such as kidnapping, killings, armed robbery among others are on the rise in the state.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Police said they are not aware of such military training.

In March 2019, the Ekiti Council of Elders (ECE) put up a eight-member committee to investigate the influx of strangers and usage of lands by Non-indigenes in Ekiti State.

The committee report, dated November 2019, was discussed at the January 2020 meeting of ECE where Yoruba leader, Prof. Banji Akintoye, said it should be made available to all South-West governors amid the raging battle to legalise Amotekun, the outfit raised by the governors to combat insecurity challenge in the region.

Akintoye stressed that Amòt’kun had come to stay and commended all south west governors for painstakingly organizing the security outfit.

“The influx of non-indigenes into Ekiti has reached a critical level. There is palpable apprehension in the minds of many indigenes of the potential negative consequences of this influx, especially as there is a feeling of loss of control over this development”, the report, in its introduction, noted.

“Over the course of many years now, the Ekiti Council of Elders has received notices of this apprehension as well as observed same as individual members of various communities”.

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