Nigeria, April 6 -- Fears are rife in Irele Ekiti, in Ikole LGA of Ekiti State, following an attack on three farmers by suspected armed herdsmen.

The area has been the hotbed of a prolonged conflict between herders and farmers despite several rapproachement and other government interventions.

Tuesday's incident is coming barely a month after two farmers were shot dead by persons believed to be herdsmen in Isaba-Ekiti, in the same local government area.

The victims sustained severe and life threatening cuts, and were rushed to a hospital where they are currently receiving treatment.

Witnesses reported that the assailants, numbering six, and armed had stormed the farm settlement in the early hours of Tuesday and unleashed mayhem on the ...