Armed herdsmen set Gov. Ortom’s rice farm set on fire

Posted by Johnson Babajide, Makurdi | 2 January 2019 | 1,267 times

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•Governor Ortom

Daredevil armed Fulani herdsmen have burnt down Governor Samuel Ortom’s rice farm.

According to the farm manager, Kena Iordzua, the rice farm is located in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area of the state.

Lordzua said that the rice farm is about  250 hectares of land with the burnt rice worth over N100 million.

While narrating how the incident occurred, the farm manager said that the herders came to the farm with a large number of cattle during the day and set the farm on fire at three different points.

He said that due to the wild nature of the fire as a result of harmattan  the fire  could not be put out.

The farm manager said that security agents were mobilised to go after the herdsmen who shot sporadically in the air as they retreated towards the Nasarawa border.

Reacting to the attack on his principal’s farm, the  Principal Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Hon Abrahams Kwaghngu, described the act as barbaric and a threat to food security.

He stated that a law prohibiting open grazing of cattle was still in force in the state and should be obeyed by all, stressing that the federal government needs to act fast to stop the impunity by the herders.

Kwaghngu lamented that after displacing the people from their ancestral homes for over a year, the herdsmen would not allow the little that had been cultivated to be harvested.

•Sourced from a Tribune report

Source: News Express

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