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Ekiti/Kwara boundary dispute: Killers of indigene must bear rested, Oyebanji insists

BY Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti

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The Governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has directed the security agencies in the state, to investigate and fish out the killers of 32-year-old Bayo Agbetoke, who was shot dead on Saturday, during a bloody boundary dispute between Eda Oniyo Ekiti and Obbo Ayegunle in Kwara State.

The victim was said to have been killed, when some irate youths from Obbo Ayegunle allegedly invaded Eda Oniyo Ekiti, in Ilejemeje local government area for the second time and unleashed terror on the residents over protracted bedlam on the ownership of a sprawling parcel of land located between the border towns .

Oyebanji, during a sympathy visit to the palace of Eleda of Eda Oniyo, Oba Julius Awolola and the deceased’s family, on Monday, described the killing as saddening and unwarranted, promising to initiate peace-building process with Kwara State, for accelerated resolution of the dispute.

The governor, represented by the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Monisade Afuye, condemned the gruesome killing of the deceased, describing such action as callous and morally reprehensible.

Oyebanji promised that his government will work collaboratively with security agencies to nab the killers and bring them to justice, while pledging more security beef up in the town to ward off assailants.

The governor urged Eda Oniyo community to embrace peace and rein in their youths against taking reprisal actions that could further exacerbate the already supercharged atmosphere.

“This killing was highly devastating and uncalled for. It becomes more painful to me because it came barely four days after I met with the stakeholders from Eda Oniyo, led by your royal highness, chiefs and elites. We promised that this matter will be resolved officially with Kwara State Government.

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“The government of Governor Biodun Oyebanji places high value on the security of lives and property and under no guise would he allow anyone to kill any Ekiti indigene and go scot-free. I assure you, the killers will be brought to book.

“I have that confidence that his colleague in Kwara State won’t be happy about the sordid turn of event between the two formerly friendly communities. How can we be killing ourselves over land?

“I really sympathise with you on the death of one of you. But I want to appeal to you not to take a reprisal action. Continue to maintain peace no matter the level of provocation. The government is on top of the situation, we are with you”, Oyebanji assured.

Consoling Eda Oniyo indigenes, who converged at the palace to mourn the deceased, Oyebanji stated, “We have contacted the Kwara State State Government. Please don’t take laws into your hands. What is most important is that, the killers should be apprehended and we will ensure this.”

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