Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Lost As Fulani Herdsmen moved to Osun state and Destroyed Crops Worth Millions Of Naira

The last is yet to be heard of the Fulani herdsmen menace
as new stories of their destructive and callous activities
crop up everyday.
The latest is from Osun state where they are alleged to
have laid waste to vast tracts of farmland destroying
produce worth millions of naira in the process.
Two communities in Obokun Local Government Area of
Osun State are counting their losses after unfortunate
encounters with the herdsmen.
One of the farms in Oki village is owned by a lecturer at
the Department of Business Administration at The
Polytechnic, Imesi Ile, Mr. Patrick Olaniyan, while the
rampaging herdsmen also destroyed the cassava
plantation belonging Joseph Osundare in Uro village.
Lamenting his plight at the hands of the marauders,
Olaniyan said:
“I was away in Ibadan when this happened. All the heaps
of yam that I planted were eaten by the cattle and the
The yam was ready for harvest and I was just waiting for
the appropriate time to harvest it and take everything the
market but this is what they have done.
“A similar incident happened in October and I went to
report to the leader of the Hausa/Fulani community in
Imesi Ile. He just promised that he would talk to the cattle
rearers to stop driving their cattle into my farm. But how
long will I continue to suffer these kinds of losses.
“I was about to harvest the yam and they drove their
animals there and destroyed everything. The cattle ate
most of it and I think their herders removed the remaining
and carted them away.
“They also visited the farm of the vice principal of the
secondary school inside The Polytechnic. The man had
an accident and was hospitalised, still these people went
to his farm and destroyed all his crops.
How will Nigerians be encouraged to invest in crop
production with this type of destruction and they do it all
over the country. Fulani people would come here and
drive us out of the farms yet the government has not seen
anything wrong in it.”
It was also gathered that royalty was not spared as the
herdsmen visited a plantain farm belonging to a Prince of
Imesi, Samuel Ajiboye.

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