Ekiti State deputy governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has warned herdsmen carrying AK47 to be prepared to face the wrath of the law if apprehended by the security operatives in the state.
Egbeyemi made this statement on Thursday during a meeting with some of the representatives of Fulani, Hausa, Ebira, Urhobo, Yoruba, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders and Ekiti Grazing and Enforcement Marshals (EGEM), at the Government House in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The meeting became necessary after some suspected herdsmen attacked farmers in neigbouring communities.
“We have given a marching order to security agencies to arrest herdsmen carrying weapons. As from now, the full wrath of the law will be visited on any herdsman caught with dangerous weapons.
“Herdsmen going about with AK47 rifles, what are they doing with such? Will they use AK47 rifles on animals or human beings? Tell your people; that will not be tolerated in Ekiti land.
“We are all Nigerians but somebody cannot come from his place of origin and destroy other people’s property and farm lands. We won’t tolerate that in Ekiti. Go and tell your people back home.
“We don’t want war in Ekiti State. We want peace in our land. I have listened to all parties but the most important thing for our government is peace so that everybody can prosper his legitimate business.”