Protesters under the aegis of the coalition of socio-cultural groups in Ketu constituency of Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State, yesterday, stormed the streets over alleged killing of four of their kinsmen by Fulani herdsmen.
According to the protesters, â€œthe state is sitting on a keg of gun powder due to governmentâ€™s failure to decisively address the unabated killing going on in Ketu Constituency.
â€œWe are helpless, hence our appeal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun.â€
The protesters, who are members of Ketu Advancement Front, KAF; Ketu Alliance, KA and Peoples Assembly, PA, called on the governor to speedily constitute implementation committee as contained in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 among the Ketu people, the state government and Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Lamenting the incessant killing of people of the community, spokesperson of the groups, Ranti Ogunsola, said: â€œWe recall that while the MoU was being signed on December 17, 2013, the herdsmen were on killing expedition in Ketu.
â€œWe drew governmentâ€™s attention to this and requested the herdsmenâ€™s exit before signing the document to allow for the control of their arms but government felt otherwise.
â€œWe reluctantly signed the document hoping that the implementation committee jointly agreed upon would be empowered to work quickly.
â€œSince October 2013, majority of the people have abandoned their farms with the hope that government would intervene decisively to create conducive atmosphere required for them to go back to the farms where they earn their living.
â€œWe regret to note that since the signing of the MoU government has gone to sleep over the issue while the herdsmen continue to kill and maim our people.â€
The groupsâ€™ statement was signed by Messrs Ranti Ogunsola for KA, Kunle Abiose for KAF and Lasisi Jelili for PA.
According to the statement, â€œOn December 17, 2013, four Ketu people were shot by the herdsmen. Of the four, one Alade Eyo died on the spot while one Bondu Oladeyo died the following day.
â€œThis was beside the five-year-old Ajimoh Adisa who was gruesomely murdered in her fatherâ€™s farm on December 2, 2013.
â€œOn December 6, 2014, one Fasola Simon was hacked down and shot dead on his farm.
â€œWe are taken aback that the government is still foot dragging on the implementation of the MoU despite our reporting all these incidents to appropriate quarters.
â€œWe can further recall that between 2000 and 2012, 23 people were sent to their early grave by the herdsmen in gruesome manners. The waiting is becoming endless with hunger ravaging our land,â€ the groups noted.