Critical Times News : Suspected Herdsmen set Ortom's N100m rice farm ablaze

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Suspected Herdsmen set Ortom's N100m rice farm ablaze

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have set on fire a rice farm in Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area (LGA) of the state belonging to Governor Samuel Ortom on fire.

The fire which was ignited from three different points, had destroyed rice produce worth about N100 million, covering about 250 hectares.

Kena Iordzua, the Farm Manager who disclosed this while conducting newsmen round the farm on Tuesday, explained that the armed herdsmen had come with a large number of cattle and set the farm ablaze.

He further stated that due to the harmattan, the fire spread fast and consumed the rice farm despite efforts by farm workers to contain the inferno.

The Manager noted that security agents who were mobilised and went in pursuit of the herdsmen could not apprehend them as they quickly retreated back into Nasarawa state.

Also speaking to newsmen, Principal Special Assistant to the governor on Special Duties, Abraham Kwaghngu, described the act as “barbaric and a threat to food security.”

While he called on the “Federal Government to act fast to stop the impunity of herdsmen”, Kwaghngu lamented that after displacing people from their ancestral homes, the herdsmen would not allow the little that has been cultivated to be harvested.

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