Hundreds of farmers from the Egbe community in Kogi State have protested against the incessant destruction of their farmlands and crops by herdsmen.

The protesters called on the state government to intervene now in order to avoid the breakdown of law and order.

The spokesman for the farmers, Wale Oti, who spoke to journalists on the incident, said the way and manner in which crops waiting for harvest were being destroyed was unbearable.

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The protest, he said, became necessary because of last Sunday’s total destruction of their farmlands and crops that were ready for harvest.

Egbe is a boundary town between Kogi and Kwara states with about 50,000 inhabitants, whose major source of livelihood is farming.

Oti stated that the farmers had been enduring incessant destruction of their farmlands for years, but noted that the situation became worse when the Kogi State Government gave the herdsmen a warm reception and allowed them to settle in the community in droves.

He added, “Indigenous farmers, who had been labouring since the beginning of the rainy season and were optimistic of having something to harvest, got to their farms on Sunday morning to see the total destruction of their farms due to overgrazing.

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“Several reports have been made to the Elegbe of Egbe, Oba Ayo Irukera, asking him to caution the herdsmen, and we are making another one to further buttress our bitterness and pain about what the herdsmen are doing to us.”

Punch

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