By Olawale Ibrahim ,Lokoja
Farmers in their hundreds from Egbe Community in Kogi State have protested against the incessant destruction of farmlands and farm produce worth reasonable millions of Naira by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.
They called on the State government to intervene now to avoid break of law and order in the area.
The farmers during a peaceful protest have urged the State government to call the herdsmen in the area to order to avoid incessant Farmers/herdmen clashes, following the wanton destruction of farmland and crops waiting for harvest .
The spokesman of the farmers .Mr. Wale Oti who spoke to newsmen on the incident lamented that the way and manner in which the farms and produce waiting for harvest have been destroyed are unquantifiable in the recent past.
Oti explained that Egbe is a boundary town between Kogi and Kwara State, with about 50,000 inhabitant whose major source of livelihood is farming.
He stated majority of the farmers have been enduring incessant distraction on their farmlands for years, but situation became worst with the warm reception by the Kogi state government to the herdsmen who came in droves to settle here.
“Majority of the farmers who has labouring on their farms since the onset of raining season, who are optimistic of having something to harvest got to their farms on Sunday morning to see total grazing down of their farm .
“This brought about the peaceful protest to the traditional tiller of the 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 for us.
“As they began the peaceful protest this morning, police officers came to dislodge them, but farmers mobilize themselves peaceful and went to the palace of Elegbe.
“Arrest was made yesterday of 2 Cows who were caught on a farm yesterday, so farmers could not go to d police station to avoid harassment
“While the protest was going on two Fulani herdsmen were found with gun, they armed and taking to police station,” he stated.
When contacted on phone , the Division Police officer feigned the grant of the peaceful protest , said there was no protest any were , stressing that everyone was going about their normal businesses.”