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Attack: Suspected herdsmen burn 100 acres of mangoes, pineapple plantation in Osun

Attack: Suspected herdsmen burn 100 acres of mangoes, pineapple plantation in Osun

- Some farmers in Osun state has recounted how over 100 acres of their farmlands was attacked by suspected herdsmen

- Jeje, one of the affected farmers, said that she had lost millions of naira to the attack

- The victims called on the governor, Rauf Aregbesola, who leased the farmlands to them to do his best in curbing the attacks of herdsmen in the state

More than 100 acres of mangoes and pineapple plantations have been set ablaze in Esa Oke of Obokun east local council development area of Osun state.

Some of the farmers, who spoke to newsmen said they have lost millions of naira due to the herders, Nigerian Tribune reports.

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The victims called on Governor Rauf Aregbesola that leased the farmlands to them at Esa Oke farm settlement to come to their aid in curbing the destruction of their crops, which they claimed serves as their sources of livelihood.

One of the farmers affected in Esa Oke farm settlement, Sola Obembe, said: “On the 26th of January, our farms were set ablaze by herdsmen and over 100 acres of farmland was damaged with an economic value of hundreds of millions.

“It is not only me that was affected, there are several farms located in Esa Oke Farm Settlement. My allotment there is five acres.

“This is a threat to Yoruba economy and enough is enough” saying there was a critical need for the government and relevant security agencies to explore pro-active measures in putting an end to the worrisome activities Fulani herdsmen.

“Also in Ikoyi town, we had a trial farm of tomato and cucumber of about 200 plants which was also set ablaze. The fire started around 5.30 pm and spread quickly as we have plastic mulch and drop lines all over. Fortunately, some of our farms’ workers who live close were still around and they tackled the blaze.

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“Our issue now is clearing, and fixing our irrigation infrastructure. On another note, we know they harvest our cucumbers to feed their cattle, but that is a different story.”

Jeje, another farmer in Esa Oke, informed newsmen that her farmland of about five acres, where she planted plantain and cassava was destroyed by Fulani herdsmen. She claimed that the herders grazed their cattle on the farm and harvested some ripe cassava tubers and bunches of plantain to feed their cows. She noted that she had lost millions of naira to the development.

Osun state commissioner for special duties, who also doubles as the chairman of Peaceful Co-Existence of Fulani Bororo and Farmers in the state, Oguntola Mudsiru Toogun, confirmed the development but said about 29 farmers affected by destruction farmland at Esa Oke had been paid compensation by herders.

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He said the government was taking proactive measure to restore peace and harmony among herdsmen and farmers in the state. He said that efforts were ongoing to sustain peace and avert any clash between farmers and herders.

Meanwhile, reported that some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen had attacked communities in Ketu local government area of Ogun state. gathers that the attack came three days after a stakeholders’ meeting was held with the state commissioner of police, Ahmed Iliyasu, over the incessant herders attack in the area.

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