Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state may have successfully ignited herdsmen/farmers crisis with his unguarded statements following a suspected reprisal attack by herdsmen on Tiv settlement, killing a pregnant woman in the process.
Despite assurances from Fayose, an attack was carried out by suspected herdsmen in Orin farm settlement in Ido/Osi Local Government Area.
The Governor had met with local hunters few days ago to prevent reprisals following the killing of a Fulani cattle breeder by a Tiv farmer who alleged that the Fulani man allowed his cattle to stray into his (Tiv man) farm and destroyed crops.
Before the killing of the herdsman, Fayose had boastfully told Tiv settlers of adequate protection and threaten to deal with any erring herdsmen, the move many believed emboldened the Tiv farmer to kill the Fulani man.
The attack according to an eyewitness who spoke on condition of anonymity was carried out in the early hours of Thursday.
He said the invaders shot sporadically into the air and allegedly killed a Tiv woman. Others who sustained various degree of injuries were said to be receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching hospital in Ido- Ekiti.
Fayose has never hidden his reservations for herdsmen and his hatred for cattle rearing. It will be recalled that of
all the 17 governors in the South, Fayose was the first to ban open grazing in Ekiti state and had asked the local hunters to seize any cattle that grazes openly.
The Orin attack may be therefore a reprisal attack by the suspected herdsmen in retaliation of their kinsman killed at Oke Ako.
The governor who had earlier called a peace parley on Wednesday had hoped to have another round of discussion on Friday before the Thursday Incident. It is expected that the Friday meeting will address the latest attack with a view to forestall escalation or future attacks.
By Our Correspondent