- The Muslim Rights Concerns (MURIC) has urged the federal government to compensate farmers whose farms were destroyed by herders.
- Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the director of the group, said there are facts and figures that some farms were destroyed by the Fulani herders
- Akintola said he has asked his members to supply information on the activities of herdsmen in their states
Nigerian Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the federal government of Nigeria to compensate farmers whose crops have been destroyed by cattle in the different regions of the country.
The group said this in a statement issued by its director, Ishaq Akintola, on Friday, February 5, and seen by Legit.ng.
It suggested that the compensation may be paid in installments, stressing that it should be paid to farmers whose farms were destroyed in all states of the federation.
It would be recalled that the six southwest governors had banned open grazing two weeks ago during a meeting on security challenges rocking the region in Akure, Ondo state.
The statement read:
“The most recent report from a young member of MURIC in Ogun state who ventured into agriculture reads: ‘Herders invaded my five hectares of rice farm three days ago (Sunday, 31st January, 2021) and it was totally destroyed.
"The incident happened at the farm of Sanpro Foods, a rice production company whose premises is located at the Oyan farm settlement, Ibaro Rice Village, Ibaro in Abeokuta North Local Government, Abeokuta, Ogun State. The farm is along Igboora Road after the roundabout."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that MURIC asked the federal government to give the cattle rearing industry enough funds to buy land for the establishment of ranches.
It was reported that the suggestion was contained in a press statement issued on Wednesday, February 3, by the director of MURIC, Professor Akintola.
Professor Akintola went on to say the government can ban open grazing after the bailout fund has been released.
Source: Legit Newspaper