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Herdsmen allegedly destroy 30-hectares of cassava farm belonging to PDP chieftain

Suspected herdsmen has invaded a farm belonging to the former National Vice Chairman (South-West) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Eddy Olafeso, destroying 30 hectares of cassava farm at Igbaraoke, headquarters of Ifedore local government area of Ondo State.

Dr. Olafeso, who is also Ondo Coordinator of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, lamented that the cassava was due for harvest.

Olafeso was almost moved to tears when he visited the farm to inspect the level of damage.

The former Ondo Commissioner for Information, in a letter to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, said he has lost over N10m invested in the farm.

According to him: “We arrived at our farm in Igbaraoke this morning, 11th January, 2023 to witness the destruction of our cassava farm by herdsmen.

“I went on to inspect our farm on the 23rd of December, 2022 after we completed the weeding of the entire plantation. We were expectant of good harvest but between Christmas and New Year our farm has been plundered.

“The pain inflicted on the family and the millions of naira lost can only be imagined. Our sweat for over one year was taken away just like that.

“Your Excellency, this case was reported to the Amotekun station at Igbaraoke this morning. These evil herdsmen must be brought to book, otherwise the effect of this insanity will shake the state to its foundation.”

The manager of the farm, Adeola Ariyo, said the herdsmen uprooted the cassava for their cows to feed on

He stated that workers concluded the weeding of the farm for N600,000 before going for Christmas break.

Ariyo said they returned to the farm to meet the crops destroyed, while alleging that there were traces of the footprints of the cows and the herdsmen at the cassava farm.

“We planned to embark on harvesting of the cassava and reinvest the money on more capital projects but the hope has been dashed with the destruction of the cassava farm

“Cows have turned the 30 hectares of land into a grazing field. The herdsmen destroyed the entire farm and destroyed our means of survival.

“I was dazed when I got to the farm and see the destruction and i have to call my master to inform him and he was devastated with the news. The incident has been reported to the office of the Amotekun Corps,” he said.

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