A Fulani herdsman simply identified as Hammed of Gaa-Alakuko has alleged set 22 hectares of farmland belonging to Lehin Investment Farms at Idofian/Igberiin in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State,
The Farm Consultant, Mr. Daramola Josiah who conducted journalists round the burnt farm said the company had lost about N20m to this callous act of the herdsman.
Daramola who stressed that the farm had inhibited the efforts of the company to increase food production in Kwara State and Nigeria accused one Hammed, a former employee of the company of setting ablaze the farm ablaze deliberately and allegedly went into hiding ever since.
Narrating the scenario to journalists, Josiah said, “More than 20 hectares of cassava land were completely burnt. The rice farm was also affected. We have not harvested our rice. About 2 hectares of rice was burnt. 22 hectares of the farm was burnt. The total land area of the farm is about 50 hectares.”
“In terms of loss, we lost about N20m, the cassava that was burnt can not resuscitate itself again. The rice farm that is due for harvesting, nothing can be done to it again. It cannot be recovered again. We lost some economic trees like cashew trees, the impact and effects of fire in the soil has destroyed nutrients. I am a professional valuer, but as an investor, looking at what I have put in and what I am expected to have during harvest we lost over N20m. I wanted to harvest the cassava by July this year.”
“There is one Fulani man called Hameed who lives within this area, we suspect he is the one. We have invited the police and police keep on going to his house since Monday, he has been on the run. This fire did not come from any of the surrounding bush; They ignited the fire.”
“The Fulani is a herdsman. He caused the problem. We once employed him as our security man to control other Fulani within the environment. We discovered that he was not honest enough, we had to lay him off. That is our believe that made him to burn the farm. We were in his house sometime last week he was threatening that he will cause problem in the farm. We were in his family and we warned him that he should not cause problem in the farm. Since this Monday, he has been at large. He started working since March last year. I disengaged him November ending last year.”
A source close to police authorities, who spoke under anonimity said that the Police division in the area are on the trail of the suspect adding that he had gone into hiding making the suspicion more evident. He said “You know Police rules, I am not suposed to speack to you but for avoidance of doubt
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