Two persons have been killed, while three others hospitalised after suspected hoodlums attacked Iyemero-Ekiti, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti.
This came barely a week after the traditional ruler of the town, Oba Agboola Ogungbemi, had raised an alarm of an imminent attack on his community.
It was gathered that the attack occurred in the early hours of Monday.
A source in the community identified one of the deceased as Danjuma Ali, a farmer, while the second deceased’s identity remained unknown.
While two of the injured persons were identified as Mrs Jennifer Akoko and Mr Joseph Achebe, the third was simply identified as Kayode.
The source said the attackers shot those at a farmstead in a what had become frequent killings.
“They came around 1. am and were there till dawn. Our farmers are all afraid to go to their farmsteads now, we are indeed in trouble.
“They all rushed to the palace of Oba Kagboola Ogungbemi, the Olu of Iyemero Ekiti, to take refuge
“We are mourning today at Iyemero, we are not happy about this incident and the government must do something about it,’’ the source said.
Ogungbemi who confirmed the incident, added that he had been calling for the creation of a police station in the community to control criminal activities.
The monarch, who spoke through the palace spokesman, Chief Ariyo Abejide, to newsmen said there was imperative need for the farmers to be protected by the security agencies.
“These hoodlums stormed the community through the border of Iyemero at Eruku in Kwara.
”Iyemero is porous and this portends danger to the communities in Ikole Local Government and the state in general,’’ he said
Ogungbemi, however, urged the residents to be peaceful while awaiting government’s prompt intervention.
While reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, said he had not been fully informed about the event.