Herdsmen are increasingly gaining more attention from the government.

In Ekiti State, the government has agreed to include herders in a committee set up to monitor activities of herdsmen in the state to ensure that attacks recorded in other states do not spread.

Governor Ayodele Fayose announced the planned inclusion of members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria in the committee to carry them along, even as restriction against open grazing remains in place.

The decision came after the killing of one Fulani man in Oke Ako on Monday.

He wrote: "They claimed it was a Tiv man that killed the Fulani man. I want the killer arrested and prosecuted.

"I won't accept killing of anyone here in Ekiti. Be you Yoruba, Fulani, Tiv or Igbo, I must protect your life". 

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To prevent reoccurrence, the Governor met with representatives of Fulani herdsmen under the aegis of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, farmers, local hunters, security agencies and the Tiv community in the state.

"I want peace in my state and everybody living here is from Ekiti whether you are Fulani, Tiv, Yoruba or anybody. 

"Cow matter can’t cause problem between us. Oke Ako-Irele issue should not be allowed to fester. Cooperate with us and whoever kills would be fished out.

"When you are entering Ekiti, drop wherever you are coming from at the boundary.

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"You can’t kill Yoruba, Fulani, Igbo or Tiv here," the governor stressed. 

He then urged the herdsmen to be more proactive and report immediately to the security committee when they see strangers in their communities.

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