Suspected herdsmen destroy rice farm in Ondo state

Suspected herdsmen destroy rice farm in Ondo state

- Suspected herdsmen have caused havoc in a large rice farm in Ondo state

- The farm was allegedly invaded by the herdsmen who were reportedly heavily armed

- Recently, herdsmen destroyed farm harvests worth millions of naira in Ekiti state

A report by Daily Sun indicates that suspected herdsmen have allegedly destroyed a rice plantation in Asolo village, a suburb of Uso in Owo local government area of Ondo state.

The farm, owned by a group of rice farmers, was allegedly invaded by the herdsmen who were reportedly heavily armed.

The herdsmen, according to sources quoted in the report, drove all the farmers away upon their arrival, threatening to shoot them all.

A herdsman was arrested by farmers in the area last week alongside his two cows when he led his cows to the same farm.

The invasion of the farm has been linked to the arrest of their kinsman who was said to be in the custody of the farmers as at the time the armed herders arrived.

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The farm, which is on 100 hectares land, is among the farms assisted by Ondo state government with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loans in its drive to boost rice production in the state.

One of the farmers said the state government should take a drastic step to prevent attack by herdsmen.

The farmer lamented that the money and efforts invested in the farm went down the drain just within 24 hours and called for help from the federal and state governments.

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Recently, herdsmen destroyed farm harvests worth millions of naira in Orin-Ekiti, in Ido-Osi local government area of Ekiti state.

The herdsmen moved their herds to destroy crops such as maize, cassava, beans, cucumber, cowpea, among others worth over millions of naira.

A farmer, Olawale Olajubaje said his farm, noted that the herdsmen wielded dangerous weapons when accosted in his farmland, “threatening to attack anyone who challenges them.”

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