Millions of naira went down the drain on Monday when herdsmen set ablaze 150 acres of farm settlement at Lagun in Oyo State.

The helpless workers had to run for their lives as they could not face the armed herdsmen.

This multi-million naira palm plantation belongs to a former Secretary to Oyo State Government (SSG), Dele Adigun.

He has the clout to get media attention and that is why we can know about this wickedness meted on him by the suspected herdsmen.

One wonders how many unknown smaller farmers have been suffering from acts like this across the country.

He told newsmen on Tuesday: “Farmers may be forced to begin to take laws into their hands, if this stupidity and unguarded arson continues unabated”.

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Adigun said about 1,500 palm trees were destroyed.

“They (suspected herdsmen) set my farm ablaze and destroyed about 1,500 palm trees. You recall that six of my attendants were maimed and property destroyed two years ago, precisely in March, 2016. We reported to the police and nothing has been done till date.

“In the 2016 attack, we lost about N100 million. We are yet to quantify this latest attack. That’s what we are contending with now. We have reported to the police and, till now, they are yet to make any arrest.

“I am disturbed; I am concerned because we are talking about diversification of the economy. But with these hoodlums, there is a problem as many people would not like to go and farm again.

“It is as if law enforcement agencies are helpless to tackle this menace. What is the Department of State Services (DSS), the police and other security agencies doing that they cannot make arrests?

“They (suspected herdsmen) go to farm at night and set it ablaze so that when it rains, their cattle can be fed with the new grass.

“How can you destroy someone’s property to feed your animals for your business to thrive? If care is not taken, farmers may be forced to take the law into their hands. I hope we won’t get to such a situation. I am seriously disturbed.”


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