A farmer in the Akinyele Local Government Area of Oyo State, Olalekan Tajudeen, has narrated his ordeal in the hands of nomadic herdsmen including how they uprooted his N5m cassava farm for their cows to feed on.
Tajudeen, who said he obtained a loan of N5m to start his farming business in the Akinyele Local Government Area, said the herders have since denied his of a fruitful venture.
The farmer in his late 40s spoke when The PUNCH team visited the Ibaayin, Elekuro, Ejitolu, Meele, Idi Osan, Akala, Oja Ode and Alaja villages in the Akinyele LGA recently.
The PUNCH team had visited the villages following reported cases of herdsmen oppression; invasion of farmlands, kidnappings, killings, amongst others.
“I took a loan of N5m to begin my farm business, now the cows have eaten up all the crops on the farm. Please help us, help us tell the government our plight, government officials can come and inspect the destruction if it appears a lie,” Tajudeen told The PUNCH.
“The herdsmen uprooted my cassava farm for their cows to graze,” he cried out.
According to the farmer, the herdsmen move with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons.