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“We’re Enslaved” – Benue South farmers cry out over herders’ invasion

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Benue South Senatorial zone has cried out over what they described as “unbecoming activities of herdsmen” on their farmlands, making it difficult for them to harvest farm products.

A farmer and a member of the vigilante in Edumoga Idoma, in Okpokwu local government area of Benue state, who disclosed this to journalists in a chat, said most times herders deliberately grazed their cattle into their farmlands and eat up everything.

The man, who spoke in anonymity (for fear of being singled out for punishment), also said most times, the herders are met with their cattle in the farm but they cannot talk, for fear of being killed.

According to him, by the time they would have gone to the Police Station to lodge a report, the cattle rearers would have left the scene, making it more difficult to prove how genuine their report is.

“Even, if you succeeded in getting police to arrest them, the money spent and other expenditures made in transportation of police to-and-from the station would cover up the compensation paid, if not more.

“If you meet them on it, you’ll be afraid to talk to them because they could  kill you, and nothing will happen,” he lamented.

The farmer sighted instances of the killing of one farmer, Mr Oleje Obande, in a village, known as Otobi and the killing, which took place in Omusu Village, among others, in Edumoga Ehaje.

He, therefore, appealed to Benue state governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, and other relevant authorities to intervene and liberate them from hunger, starvation and slavery in their ancestral homes.

Other women and men from Okpiliho, Ipoya Ogege and environs decried same situation, calling on God and leaders of Nigeria to assist and get them out of the quagmire.

“These things have been happening but we’ve nobody to complain to, to assist us aside police, which is expensive to carry out,” they said. 

All efforts to get across to the Senator representing the zone, Mr Abba Moro, failed due to absence of his contact number. 

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