Herdsmen Invade, Destroy Farmlands, Houses, Over 6000 Persons Displaced

Okokolo (Benue State) – Herdsmen have invaded farmlands, houses, over 6000 persons displaced few weeks ago in Okokolo autonomous community and its neighboring communities in Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State.

Farmers and landlords are now counting their losses following the invasion of their farmlands and houses by herdsmen.

The President General of the communities, Mr. Innocent Mogagi confirmed this to newsmen few weeks ago in Makurdi, the Benue State capital. He said millions have been lost and hunger could ravage the communities, “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, these followed by killings, rapes and extortion,
The level of destructions will bring hunger to the land, “Our cassava, vegetables, maize have been destroyed and used by herdsmen to feed their cattle.”

The NIGERIAN OBSERVER gathered that farmers were bewildered early morning Tuesday when they woke up to see that some houses had been set ablaze and those that came for their normal farming activities of the day to behold their crops had been destroyed by herdsmen.

A farmer, who simply gave his names as Deji Babadawa said his house and that of neighbours are affected, some persons were killed; he gave the names of his closest neighbour as Mr. Frank Aigbodion who was not too lucky.

“He was killed in the attack, the deceased hailed from Edo State, some farmers who went to their various farms to harvest their farm produce for sale were in tears for the level of destruction they met in their farmland.

Inside source from the herdsmen said the targeted people are those who are against the open grazing. They further revealed that even those who are not from this state are more against the open grazing, most especially Mr. Frank Aigbodion who doesn’t know how to keep his mouth shut. Himself and his cohort have been waging words of war against us. He concluded by saying we are Nigerians we can live in any part of the country we want to live in.
Meanwhile after the attack the whereabouts of the first son of Mr. Frank Aigbodion whose name was given as Stanley Aigbodion is unknown.

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