Last Monday, farmers at Aba Felix and Aba Ajere farm settlements in Iyemero-Ekiti community in Ekiti state slept peacefully after a hard day’s job.
But all of a sudden, at about 1am, there was pandemonium, people were running in different directions, there were shouts, screams and booming of gunfire, and parents couldn’t wait to pick their wailing children as they dashed for the bush, running for dear lives.
The armed men attacked when the farmers had retired to their bed and were fast asleep, in the middle of the night. By the time the dust settled, two people lay dead; a seven year old boy, with a shattered head and a man identified as Danjuma Ali.
Three other persons also suffered severe machete wounds. The two farm settlements were sacked and the residents were forced to walk the five kilometres to Iyemero-Ekiti, the nearest metropolis to their completely ransacked farm settlement.
A source in the community who raised the alarm over the sad incident said, “It has happened again today, it has been a recurrent killing. Some herders called Bororo stormed the farmstead and shot these innocent people. They came around 1am and were there till dawn. Our farmers were all afraid to go their farms. They all rushed to the palace of Oba Ebenezer Agboola Ogungbemi, the Olu of Iyemero Ekiti to take refuge.