A former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Samuel Afolayan has a sad story to tell concerning the activities of herdsmen.

He disclosed on Wednesday that herdsmen had destroyed about 45 hectares of his 500-hectare farm.

Afolayan’s cry is coming on the heels of fresh attacks by herdsmen in Benue State during which five people reportedly died.

The former naval boss explained that the cattle rearers burnt about 20 hectares of orange farm, 20 hectares of cassava farm and five hectares of palm farm.

He lamented that he lost more than 200 million Naira.

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He spoke to journalists at Ibbo-Ile, in the Ekiti Local Government Area of Kwara State.

Lip Service To Agricultural Policy

He stated that his farmland had been under constant threat by the cattle rearers.

According to him, the herdsmen have been burning and destroying his farm for the past 10 years, adding that the losses were monumental.

“The destruction of farmland by herdsmen shows lip service of the agricultural policy of the government.

"Many of the local farmers around me do not come to farm again because the herdsmen, with impunity, will cut their cassava and other crops for their cows,” he said.


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