Herdsmen Impunity Devastates Farms, Kills Farmers In Nigeria’s South West

The Oasis Reporters

April 16, 2019

The unrestrained aggressive behavior of majority of the Fulani herdsmen grazing their cattle in the lush green vegetation of the South West region in Nigeria has helped in no small measure in chasing ethnic Yoruba farmers out of their ancestral farmlands. Worse hit are Niger delta farmers who rent acres of land and grow commercial crops with bank loans in the region.

Mudiaga has three acres of cassava farm in a suburb of Ibadan. He was settling down to a bountiful harvest. His cassava harvest was a quarter done when it was dusk. Hoping to come back two days after to continue from where he stopped, he got a call that some herdsmen and their cows had rifled through the farm, with the cows eating up all the stalk. Worse still, the herdsmen uprooted the cassava tubers and added to the consumption pleasure of the already fattened cows.

Mudiaga has decided to quit farming.

Similar heart rending stories abound all over Oyo, Ogun, Ondo and Osun States, yet nobody can do anything because the herdsmen are armed with semi automatic rifles. So they bear their sorrow and loss in tears.

Sahara Reporters says that two have been killed, three injured in a ‘Herdsmen’ raid on an Ekiti community, South west Nigeria.

“Some herders called Bororo stormed the farmstead and shot these innocent people,” one resident said. “They came around 1am and were there till dawn. Our farmers are all afraid to go their farmsteads. They all rushed to the palace of Oba Ebenezer Agboola Ogungbemi, the Olu of Iyemero Ekiti, to take refuge.”

Suspected herdsmen have attacked Eda, one of the communities in Iyemero town, in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

Invading the town in the wee hours of Monday, they killed two people and inflicted various degrees of injury on three others.

Residents identified one of the dead as Danjuma Ali, a Muslim farmer, while the identity of the second person whose body had been deposited in the morgue of the General hospital, Ikole Ekiti, was still unknown as of the time of filing this report.

The victims currently receiving treatment at the emergency section of the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHI), Ido Ekiti, are Jennifer Akoko, Joseph Achebe and one other victim.

“Some herders called Bororo stormed the farmstead and shot these innocent people,” one resident said.

“They came around 1am and were there till dawn. Our farmers are all afraid to go their farmsteads. They all rushed to the palace of Oba Ebenezer Agboola Ogungbemi, the Olu of Iyemero Ekiti, to take refuge.

The Olu of Iyemero, Oba Ogungbemi and Olu-In-Council, restated their calls for establishment of a police station in the town to curb the attackers.

“These Fulani herders stormed the community through the border of Iyemero at Eruku in kwara state,” the monarch said Chief Ariyo Abejide, his spokesman. “This makes Iyemero a porous exit and entrance, which portends dangers and insecurity to the community, ikole local government and the state in general.”

What then can be the remedy for the people of South West region to resume their farming activities as usual in peace and tranquility?

Agriculturists interviewed say massive irrigation in the north for regrassing the arid northern region can help, coupled with a modernized meat industry. Beef should be transported in mobile cold rooms for sale in the south instead of live transportation of cattle that devastate farmlands in the agrarian south.

Atiku Abubakar suggested the application of feedlots to restrict the unrestrained movement of cattle all over the country

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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