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  • Updated: November 24, 2020

Kogi Farmers Protest Destruction Of Farmlands, Crops By Herdsmen

Egbe community farmers in Kogi State took to the streets on Monday in hundreds to protest against the non-stop destruction of their farmlands and crops by herdsmen.

The farmers, who lamented the unbearable manner in which crops waiting for harvest were being destroyed, called on the state government to intervene and call the herdsmen in the area to order.

 The furious protesters stated that the protest was necessary in order to avoid another form of farmers/herdsmen clashes.

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The spokesman for the farmers, Wale Oti, who spoke to journalists on the incident, said, “The way and manner in which our farms and crops waiting for harvest have been destroyed are unquantifiable.

“Majority of us farmers have been enduring incessant distraction on our farmlands for years, but the situation became worst with the warm reception by the Kogi state government to the herdsmen who came in drove to settle here.

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“Majority of the farmers who had laboured on their farms since the onset of raining season, and are optimistic of having something to harvest got to their farms on Sunday morning to see their farm grazed down

“This is why we protested to the traditional ruler of this town. Several reports have been made to the Elegbe of Egbe, Oba Ayo Irukera to call the herdsmen to order, but we are making another one to further buttress our bitterness and pain toward what the herdsmen are doing to us.”

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