Former Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni, has joined others to condemn the recent killings of farmers in Isaba Ekiti, Ikole local government area of the state, by assailants Governor Kayode Fayemi identified as ‘Bororo,’ herdsmen.
The killer herdsmen had struck on March 7.
Mr. Oni, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, called on security agencies to bring the killers to book.
“This act of wickedness and callousness is totally unacceptable, and I strongly condemn this inhumanity to farmers,” the ex-governor said.
He added, “We must never allow insecurity to define our nation. These latest killings must not be added to the numbers of similar killings where justice is yet to be served.
“I deeply sympathise with the families of the farmers in Ikole Ekiti killed by these unknown assailants who are now said to be on the run.”
He pointed out that the killing of the farmers had created palpable fears among other farmers and lowered their morale, which may cause food shortages and socio-economic dislocation.
Mr. Oni also called on law enforcement agencies to take holistic actions to instil confidence in the farmers and encourage them to return to their farms.
According to him, the state government must also do everything possible to secure farmers and their farms.
The former governor, who sympathised with the victims’ families, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari‘s regime to take killer herdsmen’s atrocities seriously.