Suspected ritualists have killed and cut off the head of a 26-year-old herdsman identified as Ahmed Dele in Omu Ekiti in Oye Local Government Area of Ekiti State.
Dele, a Fulani from Kwara State, it was gathered, was killed by his assailants while grazing his herd of cattle a few kilometres away from the town and his decapitated body left at the spot.
The secretary of the Jamunati Fulbe Association of Nigeria, Ekiti State Chapter, Idris Salaudeen who confirmed the incident said the victim, who was a member of the association was declared missing by his boss, Jimoh Dele on February 6, 2017 after he failed to return home with his cattle.
The victim’s decapitated body, according to him was later discovered around 4.30 am in the bush, some two kilometres away from the town.
Salaudeen who disclosed that his members were afraid of going about their legitimate businesses since they don’t know the motive behind the gruesome killing of one of their members, said “up till now there is no reported case of clash between the victim and any farmer in the area.”
He called on the Federal Government and security agencies to save the Fulani community from what he termed “unprovoked and unwarranted attack by unmasking the killers and bringing them to justice.”
He added, “This is a very sad frightening development considering what the country is going through in terms of insecurity. There has been a lot of misconceptions and negative report about the activities of Fulani herdsmen in recent time. But I want to tell you that we are peace loving people and we have been living peacefully with our various host communities in Ekiti State.”