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  • Updated: April 17, 2024

Lagos farmers protest forceful displacement from farms

Lagos farmers protest forceful displacement from farms

The displacement of Nigerian corporate farmers from their farms which yield crops and animals worth millions of naira daily has triggered protests from a coalition of farmers comprising individuals from the Diaspora and local Nigerian farmers.

Speaking to the press during a demonstration at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Wale Oyekoya, Chairman of Afero/Eluju Mowo/Mutaku commercial farmers, expressed deep concern over the disruption of their aspirations to contribute to the advancement of Nigeria.

Oyekoya recounted the distressing events of December 11, 2023, when their farms were forcefully invaded and subjected to violent attacks amid the late-season rains around 11:15 am.

He emphasized that they had invested their life savings and foreign capital into Nigerian agriculture with the expectation of promoting progress and prosperity.

The reported display of violence and destruction shattered their dreams and disrupted their efforts to contribute to the nation's agricultural sector.

"There was no letter of warning, phone call, Memo demand or indeed any correspondence that the farmers have done anything wrong or even that they should vacate the land. Even a declaration of war generally requires some sort of warning nothing of the sort took place.

"The government is always asking for foreign investors, but who wants to invest in a country where one day you are carrying out your farming activities to prepare for the Christmas and New Year festive sales, with billions of naira worth of your life savings, the next day you are running for your life and dodging bullets as if you are in apocalypse IV!

Oyekoya emphasized that their acquisition of the land was entirely legitimate, having obtained it from the Lagos State Government. As law-abiding citizens, they promptly reported the military invasion to the government in December and subsequently to the governor and Speaker of the House in January.

Furthermore, Oyekoya expressed bewilderment at the revelation that the land, which they had been utilizing for over a decade, allegedly belonged to the Nigerian Military. He noted that there was no indication of such ownership when they were allocated parcels of land by the Lagos State Government.

"We had no idea when we were allocated parcels of land by a Lagos State Government that the land belonged to the military government and who waited patiently for us to set up and operate for over 10 years before sending various soldiers to take up combat positions all over the farmland and alleging the land belongs to the Nigerian Military."

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