- Ogoni Elders Forum has cried out over the invasion of communities and forceful occupation of vast farmlands
- This was revealed in a statement by the chairman and secretary of the forum Chief Monday Abueh, Desmond Nbete
- According to the duo, armed herdsmen chased farmers and took over their farms across five communities of Khana and Eleme LGAs
Rivers state - Gbo Kabari Ogoni on Monday, June 28, raised an alarm over the invasion of communities by armed herdsmen and their forceful occupation of farmlands in Rivers state.
According to the elite organisation of Ogoni elders, armed herdsmen had chased farmers in five communities across Khana and Eleme local government areas of the state, The Nation added.
Abueh and Nbete went on to note that the action was a threat to the peace and security of the area, as well as undermine the livelihood of the people and their existence.
The duo explained that after occupying the farmlands, they graze cows on crops in the affected communities without minding.
Allow bandits to guard farms, forests - Sheikh Gumi
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi declared that bandits terrorising the country are ready to surrender if the government will provide means of livelihood for them.
The Kaduna-based Islamic scholar called on farmers across the country to allow herdsmen to protect their forests.
Gumi who made the suggestion on Wednesday, June 23, during an interview on Arise TV, insists on amnesty for the bandits if they must quit their criminal acts.
Zulum cries out, says famine imminent in Borno
Professor Babagana Zulum, the governor of Borno state, has declared that famine is imminent in the state unless its farmers can return to their farms.
The governor said that the situation has become pathetic in the state now.
Zulum said thousands of refugees who have returned to their communities have no food and cannot cultivate their farmland.