A concerned Ekiti state elders forum under the umbrella of Ekiti Council of Elders, has raised fears over what they described as ‘military training’, allegedly undergone by Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti forests.
According to a report prepared by a committe raised by Ekiti Elders of Elders(ECE), the herdsmen are said to be undergoing military training particularly in the Government Reserved Forest areas.
The report reads: “Some of their activities include armed robbery and kidnapping on the highways within the state and in neighbouring states. These bandits are reportedly capable of moving rapidly from their venues of operation to their hideouts and even other camps outside the state as the case may require”,
“The influx of non-indigenes into Ekiti has reached a critical level. There is palpable apprehension in the minds of many indigenes of the potential negative consequences of this influx, especially as there is a feeling of loss of control over this development”, the report, in its introduction, noted.
‘Over the course of many years now, the Ekiti Council of Elders has received notices of this apprehension as well as observed same as individual members of various communities”.
“The issue was finally brought forward for discussion within the Council during its February 2019 monthly meeting. As a result, the Committee on Land Usages by Non-Indigenes was constituted at its monthly meeting of March 2019. This Committee is to look into the land usages by non-indigenes and advise the Council regarding appropriate actions that will safeguard the interests of the indigenes especially in the long run”.