Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose on Wednesday mobilised hunters and farmers in the state against possible invasion by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Fayose hosted the groups at the Government House pavilion in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital where he informed them of an alleged intelligence report at his disposal alleging plan by Fulani herdsmen to attack communities in the state.
The governor who decked out in a military camouflage told his guests: “I have received letters that the Bororos have entered our reserves; they want to violate our laws. I want to call the attention of the Federal Government that they have come and wanted to kill men, women and kids in Ekiti. We will not allow that to happen here in Ekiti.
“I want you all, our hunters, to go back today to protect your people. Be vigilant, open your eyes and make sure that everybody entering the state is screened.
“No one in the guise of grazing should enter our land after 8 p.m. For our brothers who harbour criminals, tell them Ekiti is a no-go area. If your plan is to make this state ungovernable, you are wasting your time.
“I have called this meeting for everyone to be vigilant. I will begin to support you now to secure Ekiti. Don’t let them take you by surprise; don’t allow them to take Ekiti by storm.
“Go to the farms and keep vigil; don’t just entertain visitors who come in the night. Screen them. We don’t want visitors in our reserves at 8 p.m.”
Meanwhile fifty five persons have reportedly been killed in Lau Local Government Area of Taraba State by suspected herdsmen.
Twenty-five bodies were said to have been recovered and given a mass burial on Tuesday.