The Olu of Iyemero Ekiti in Ikole local government area of Ekiti state, Oba Ebeneezer Ogungbemi, has commended the state government for ordering military Joint Task Force patrol across Ekiti-Kwara border to tame bandits terrorising the town.
The monarch and members of his council, in a letter dated April, 20 and addressed to governor Kayode Fayemi, said the combined force of military and local hunters would curtail the activities of the suspected killer herders and restore peace to the beleaguered community.
Akelicious reported that suspected herdsmen had last week Tuesday besieged a farmstead called Eda, a village under Iyemero and shot two persons and also raided some houses in a midnight attack.
Those shot by assailants, including a seven years old boy later died in the hospital, which prompted Fayemi to seek military intervention to save the border town from further carnage.
A copy of the letter made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, assured that the community would help the soldiers with veracious information to stem the tides of killings in the town.
The letter reads in part: “We are thankful to Governor Fayemi for deploying military joint task force to restore permanent peace and tranquility to the people of Iyemero, which has guaranteed peaceful coexistence among the residents of the community.
“Olu-in-Council and entire people of Iyemero Ekiti wish to express our deepest and heartfelt gratitude to the governor for his immediate and prompt response during the last week insurgency , which led to death, maiming , displacement, chaos and disturbance of public peace in our town.
“With the support and assurances of Mr Governor, We are convinced that lasting peace is in sight and we are protected from the yet to be identified assailants and terrorists.
“We are happy to inform you that the displaced farmers had returned to their farmstead”.