Farmers from the Egbe community protested against the continual destruction of their farmlands and crops by herdsmen in Kogi State.
The farmers while protesting called on the state government to intervene now to avoid the breakdown of law and order.
Wale Oti, the spokesman for the farmers, said the destruction of the crops awaiting harvest was unbearable.
He said the protest was necessary due to the last Sunday’s total destruction of their farmlands and crops that were ready for harvest.
Oti disclosed that the Egbe farmers had been enduring the destruction of their farmlands for years, but the situation became worse when the Kogi State Government gave the herdsmen a warm acceptance and allowed them to settle in the community in flocks.
He added, “Indigenous farmers, who had been labouring since the beginning of the rainy season and were optimistic of having something to harvest, got to their farms on Sunday morning to see the total destruction of their farms due to overgrazing.
“Several reports have been made to the Elegbe of Egbe, Oba Ayo Irukera, asking him to caution the herdsmen, and we are making another one to further buttress our bitterness and pain about what the herdsmen are doing to us.”
Egbe was said to be a boundary town between Kogi and Kwara states with about 50,000 inhabitants, whose major source of livelihood is farming.