Serious Tension In Imo State As Herdsmen Destroy 200 Farms And Did This Next To People

Farmers in Amakohia-Ubi Autonomous community, Owerri West local government area of Imo state were left in tears on Thursday, August 17 after herdsmen destroyed over 200 of their farms.

Mr Cyril Ndumanya, the president-general of the community, said that millions have been lost and hunger would ravage the community.

According to Vanguard, Ndumanya also said: “What we are seeing in the hands of these herdsmen is causing us unforgettable pains.

“Last month, we reached an agreement to stop this ugly trend but you can see that they have started again. This time around, what they have destroyed are worth millions of naira. No issue of killings but the level of destructions may bring hunger.

“Our cassava, vegetables, maize have been completely destroyed and used by herdsmen to feed their cattle.”

The famers discovered the destruction in the early hours of Thursday. A farmer, who simply introduced herself as Benedicta said:

“I came to my farm to harvest my cassava only to see that cattle have destroyed them. I want to collect some cassava to go and sell in the market and used the money to buy what me and my husband and children will eat.

I am shedding tears, I don’t know what to do now.”

A chief in the community said it was not the first time such a thing was happening in the community and that his relatives had been affected by the recent invasion of their farmlands by herdsmen.

He said: “We have more than 200 people farming in the area and some of them went to the farm to harvest what they will eat. You can see that the people are suffering. I want to ask what will these people affected do?

“The problem is not that they destroyed our crops but when will this type of thing stop?

Whenever the herdsmen destroy our farmlands, there is always so much hunger in the land.”

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