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Oyo NSCDC warns against lawlessness, arrests vandalising herder

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FOLLOWING the arrest of a suspected herder, Ali Manu, 35, at Abidioke Village in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State by the Oyo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Command has warned that no act of lawlessness in the state would be tolerated.

Manu was alleged to have led his herds of cattle to graze on a cassava plantation covering about five acres of land belonging to a resident of Igangan, Mr. Bolanle Oyinlola, Friday, and his arrest was effected by a detachment of NSCDC Agro Rangers Team in the area.

Commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Mr Iskitu Akinsanya, who gave the warning said the establishment of the Agro Rangers Team by the Commander General of NSCDC, Alhaji Gana Muhammadu had started yielding result, adding, “the creation of the special team would guarantee the security of agro-allied investments across the state. Food from farmers and meat from the herders can help in boosting the economy”.

 

It was gathered that Manu’s cattle, numbering about 100, was said to have been led into the farm and was trailed to his hut where he was later arrested at around 11pm after the report was made to the NSCDC officials in the area.

Though, Manu, a native of Gumi in Zamfara State, denied the allegation, saying that he knew nothing about the destruction of the cassava farm, Oyinlola disclosed that he suffered the same fate from him just about three weeks ago.

He said some good Samaritans alerted him around 7pm on Friday  that his farm was being invaded by some cattle allegedly led by three unknown herders and following a previous invasion of his cassava farm barely three weeks earlier, which he complained to one Alhaji Ali (other name not known), who is the leader of the herders in the community, he was left with no option than to make the current invasion official.

According to him, “I was assured that such a thing would not repeat itself  when the cattle grazed on my farm three weeks ago.  About one acre of my cassava plantation was vandalised by the cattle and I didn’t ask for any compensation. I just warned them never to let such a thing repeat itself again. They assured me but I was shocked when I was alerted about the latest havoc on my farm on Friday, December 6”.

Insisting that he was not responsible for the current invasion and vandalisation of Oyinlola’s farm, Manu explained that the farmer is known to him as somebody that has cassava, maize and plantain plantation at the settlement.

He said, “truly, my cattle grazed on his cassava farm three weeks ago, but my master (Alhaji Ali) begged him and promised never to let that happen again. I saw some strange cattle near our hut earlier in the evening but I didn’t know the herders. They are strangers and were just passing by”.

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