Amotekun apprehends herdsman, 65 cows for destroying farmlands

*If you continue to disturb farmers, there will be no food for people to eat. We are asking their leaders to talk to their men not to destroy people’s farmland any longer ─Amotekun Corps Chief Adetunji Adeleye

*Herdsmen have been destroying our crops, such as maize, cassava and yam on their farmlands at will, say farmers

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As economic experts are yet warning the Nigerian authorities to immediately halt killings and incessant clashes between famers and herders over destruction of farms in order to stave off possible famine in the country soon, the Ondo State Amotekun Corps have arrested Adamu Yussuf, a herdsman, and his about 65 cows in Odoripo Community of Oda Town, in Akure South area of the state for allegedly destroying farmlands.

It was learnt that Yussuf and his cows were arrested following complaints lodged by farmers in Odoripo community against the incessant destruction of their farmlands by the herdsmen.

The farmers purported that the herdsmen have been destroying their crops, such as maize, cassava and yam planted on their farmlands at will.

Acting on a tip-off, the Amotekun Corps reportedly stormed the farm and arrested the herdsman together with his cows in the act at about 3 a.m., according to report.

Amotekun Corps arrested Adamu Yussuf (Right) and his cows   Photo: AgricBusinessNgr

They were moved from community to the headquarters of the security outfit in Alagbaka, Akure, the state capital.

The suspect and the cows were later released after parting with N500,000.

Vanguard reports Chief Adetunji Adeleye, Ondo State Commander of Amotekun Security Agency, confirmed the incident and warned the herdsmen to stop destroying farms in the state.

Chief Adeleye said: “If you continue to disturb farmers, there will be no food for people to eat.

“This is why we are asking their leaders to talk to their men not to destroy people’s farmland any longer.

Alhaji Abubakar Audu, Chairman of Miyetti Allah Association in South-West Nigeria, in his remark appreciated the efforts of the state government in the resolution of the crisis. Audu said that the matter had been resolve amicably.

“We have had a meeting in the south-west and we have told our herdsmen not to perpetrate any havoc, and we will keep talking to them and disciplinary action must be taken against anyone who go against this directive,” Alhaji Audu stated.

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