Banks after us for their money; Abia farmers cry to CP

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Ogbonnaya Ikokwu, Umuahia

Following the incessant invasion of farm lands by herdsmen in Abia State, some farmers in the state have raised the alarm that commercial banks are now on their neck to repay the loans they collected to cultivate in their farms.

Narrating their ordeal in the hands of the herdsmen, at a one day interactive session between traditional rulers and leaders of Hausa community in the State, organised by the Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, one of the farmers Eze Philip Ajomiwe lamented that he lost over ten hecters of his cassava farm to the herdsmen’s inversion.

Worried by the unchecked activities of herdsmen, Eze  Ajomiwe noted that there is need for all parties involved in the management of herdsmen/ farmers crisis to seek an urgent solutions to it, before it gets out of hand.

The traditional ruler stressed that most of the farmers whose farms were destroyed had borrowed money from banks to invest in farming, adding that they need compensation to enable them pay those loans.

He said, “We need to get our money back to enable us pay the banks.  Most of us are indebted to the banks to the tunes of millions of naira and they are on our necks to pay them. The insurance company said the destruction on farms was intentional and they cannot pay us for it.

“There is no village that is free from invasion of herdsmen in the state. It may interest you to know that I lost more than ten hectares of my cassava farm to the herdsmen. The local government and the DSS are aware of that, but up till now, nothing has been done about that.

“These herdsmen also come to our back yard at odd hours to the extent that our women are now afraid of going out at night  because they might be raped.”

    Other traditional rulers in the meeting,  Eze Ibekamma Godfrey and Eze F. M Ikpeazu condemned the use of under aged children who cannot speak English or Igbo for cattle grazing in the South-East.

They noted that proper education for herdsmen on harmonious relationship with their host community and banning of night grazing are the only solution to the incessant destruction by the herdsmen.

The leaders of the Hausa/Fulani Community in the state, Sariki Alhaji Danlandi and the leader of the Metti Allah in the state, Alhaji Hassan Buba, in their separate remarks, urged the traditional rulers to report any incident between herdsmen and framers in the areas to their leadership in the state for amicable resolution.

The police commissioner  urged the traditional rulers and the herdsmen to continue to live in peace. He added that a proper channel for payment of compensation should be created to compensate farmers whose crops were damaged by cow.

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