Investigate Destruction Of Farmlands By Herders, MBF Tells Lalong

Simon Bako Lalong

The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has told Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and chairmen of affected local gov­ernment areas (LGAs) in the state to investigate the heinous act of destruction of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.

While calling on the Pla­teau State governor to ensure that perpetrators are made to serve appropriate punishment, the MBF in a press statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Isuwa Dogo, urged the state govern­ment to give farmers some form of assistance to enable them attain increased agricul­tural productivity.

The socio-cultural organi­sation also called on Nigerian farmers not to be discouraged in the face of glaring attempts to frustrate them, stressing that the path to national devel­opment cannot be attained by a country that cannot feed its citizens.

The MBF, while frowning at the activity of the herders said: “The attention of the Middle Belt Forum has been drawn to the massive destruction of no fewer than 45 farmlands by sus­pected Fulani herdsmen. The farmlands, which belonged to 25 families, were destroyed on July 9, 2021, in Zowrru Village of Ta’agbe in Miango District of Bassa LGA of Plateau State.”

The North Central organ­isation maintained that the cutting down of food crops with cutlasses and machetes in 45 Miango farmlands is coming on the trail of similar destruction of farms in some settlements in Riyom LGA of the state.

“While the MBF is alarmed by this level of deliberate act of wickedness perpetrated against poor farmers, we are quick to call on relevant arms of gov­ernment and security agencies to save farmers from further de­struction of their farmlands in order to avoid looming hunger,” the statement reads.

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