Afe Babalola, Ewi, others for meeting on herdsmen killings, kidnapping

A pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, the Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, will on June 14 hold an interactive session with vigilantes and hunters on how to checkmate renewed cases of kidnapping and destruction of farm lands by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti State.

The group said it will inaugurate the Lagos State chapter of its steering committee at the event and donate security gadgets, such as patrol vans, raincoats, boots, torchlights and whistles to the vigilante and hunters.

In a statement yesterday in Lagos, Yoruba Ko’ya’s National Director of Organisation and Publicity Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye said the parley will examine the effects of attacks by Fulani herdsmen on food security and safety of lives and property.

The statement also said it will examine the causes of herdsmen and farmers crisis in Ekiti State.

The event, which will be chaired by the Alaaye of Efon Alaaye Kingdom, Oba Emmanuel Adesanya Aladejare, will discuss the options of managing Fulani herdsmen and the crisis they cause to farmers and the effects of their actions on food security.

The statement also said the group was worried by recent cases of kidnapping around Ekiti and Osun State boundary.

It stressed that the parley is meant to protect Ekiti State and Yoruba land from being encircled by rampaging Fulani herdsmen.

The statement said keynote speakers for the event are: the founder of Afe Babalola University in Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola; the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe; seasoned media entrepreneur and Co-founder of Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun; the Iyaloja of Ekiti State, Mrs Waje Oso and others.

The event, which will hold at Dave Hotel Event Hall, Adebayo, Ado-Ekiti, will start at 10 a.m.

 

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