By Anayo Okoli
The conventional ruler of Ugbene Ajima in Uzo-Uwani council space of Enugu State, Igwe Romanus Eze, has instructed Vanguard that the issue of herders damaging farm crops within the space is sort of a mosquito on a person’s scrotum.
The monarch stated he had been receiving a sequence of complaints from farmers over the destruction of their crops by herdsmen.
He added that the council chairman, Chukwudi Nnadozie, and he have been obeying the peace initiative of the state authorities to settle all farmers/herders points amicably.
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According to the monarch, “the herdsmen downside is sort of a sucking mosquito on a person’s scrotum. If you hit it laborious, you’ll extreme the genitals. If you permit it there, it will suck your blood and invariably provide you with malaria.
“We have been suggested by the governor to handle them peacefully. We usually have interaction the herdsmen in a peace discuss and the place they’re culpable, we mandate them to pay for damages on individuals’s farms.
“Our forest guards and vigilante groups have been playing their roles to curtail these clashes.”
Meanwhile, some farmers equally alleged that sure individuals acquire cash from the herders to permit them entry into the neighborhood, an motion that emboldens the herdsmen.
A farmer in the neighborhood, Edward Ugwu, instructed Vanguard that he misplaced over N500,000 when herdsmen harvested his cassava to feed their cattle.
According to Ugwu, farmers are afraid to go to their farms in the neighborhood for worry of herders’ assault, noting that famine looms in the neighborhood.
Still on herders in Enugu State, one other farmer, Regina Iggah, stated she has not recovered from the shock since she was attacked on her farm.
Iggah stated her crops price over N800,000 have been destroyed by herdsmen who allegedly invaded her farm with their cattle, at the same time as she appealed to the state and native governments to return to her rescue.