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Herdsmen crisis: Ogun journalist loses N1m as cows destroy farm

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It seems farmers in Ogun State are nonetheless battling with the destruction of farmlands by herdsmen via indiscriminate open grazing of their cows, DAILY POST stories.

Lately, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, signed the anti-open grazing regulation to ban the act of shifting cattle across the public locations by herders.

The anti-open grazing regulation, the Governor hoped, would put an finish to the farmers/herders clashes, which pitched the Hausa-Fulani settlers in opposition to their Yoruba host communities, resulting in killings, carnage, arson and relocation of Yewa individuals from Ogun to neighbouring Benin Republic, within the first quarter of yr 2021.

Sadly for farmers in Ogun, the ban on open grazing wouldn’t be enforced till after six months, leaving buyers within the agric sector to the mercy of non-challant herders, who invade their farms to destroy all the things they’ve laboured a lot for.

Fatai Ilyas, a journalist with Platform Occasions, wouldn’t neglect in a rush, how his hope to grow to be a millionaire, was thwarted by herders, whose cattle, he claimed, grazed on his vegetation at Awowo farm settlement, close to Abeokuta.

Looking for justice over the loss he incured because of the invasion, Ilyas petitioned the State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, asking that the herdsmen be arrested and delivered to justice.

In keeping with a duplicate of the petition made accessible to DAILY POST, the reporter lamented that his six acres vegetable farm was introduced down by the herders.

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The thirty-three-year previous graduate instructed the Commissioner of Police that he had invested N600,000 in planting the greens, anticipating a sum of N1m because the return on funding.

Whereas saying he was devastated by the style wherein the animals worn out the complete plantation, Ilyas mentioned, “On the first of October, 2021, I acquired a name from my companion, Mr. Oluwanifemi Olawale that some suspected Fulani herdsmen had invaded our six (6) acres greens farm, located at Awowo in Ewekoro Native Authorities Space of Ogun State, which had gulped greater than Six Hundred Thousand Naira (N600,000.00) with anticipated returns of One Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira.

“On speedy inspection, I used to be devastated by the extent of destruction attributable to the cows below the command of the herders.”

The younger man defined that he had earlier lodged a proper grievance at Obada-Oko police station, “with none tangible information of arrest of the culprits, which makes me sadder by the day.”

“I, subsequently, demand that an motion is taken to trace the herdsmen and convey them to justice,” he pleaded.

DAILY POST remembers that some herdsmen, in the identical Awowo, had been accused of setting a solar energy station on hearth in February.

The Alawowo of Awowo, Oba AbdulGafar Olasukanmi Tijani, confirmed to DAILY POST on the time that Fulani herders burnt down the £15,000 value solar energy system, which he had erected in his group.

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