There was panic in Omu town, in Oye Local Government area of Ekiti State, after a herdsman, Ahmed Dele, was beheaded by yet-to-be identified persons.
The Punch gathered that the assailants chased the deceased while he was grazing his cattle, caught up with him some few kilometers away from the town and beheaded him.
Speaking on the incident, the Secretary to Jamunati Fulbe Association of Nigeria in the state, Idris Salaudeen, said the victim, who was a member of the association, and a Fulani from Kwara State, was declared missing by his boss, Jimoh Dele, on Monday, after he failed to return home with his cattle.
Salaudeen further revealed that his body was later discovered around 4.30am in the bush, some two kilometers away from the town.
Following the incident, many of them were now afraid of carrying out their legitimate business since they didn’t known the motive behind the gruesome murder of one of their members, he said.
“Up till, now there was no reported case of clash between the victim and any farmer in the area,” he added.
He urged the Federal Government and security agencies to save the Fulani community from the “unprovoked and unwarranted attack by unmasking the killers and bring them to justice .
“This is a very frightening development, considering what the country is going through in terms of insecurity. There has been a lot of misconceptions and negative reports 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.”
Lending voice on the tragedy, the traditional ruler of the community, the Olomu of Omu, Oba J.A Ogundeyi, described the incident as strange and condemnable.