Anger as suspected herdsmen destroy Governor Emmanuel aide’s farm

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Suspected herdsmen have invaded farm of an aide to Akwa Udom Emmanuel, Mr. Ime Uwah and destroyed at least 400 plantain stands.

Uwah, is Assistant to , said his farm located along road invaded by the herdsmen last July and last Wednesday.

He said the herdsmen cut his manager’s hands last year when he challenged them for destroying farm.

The latest invasion, according to Uwah, occurred last Wednesday when the herdsmen fire on another farm near his own, adding that the fire spread and consumed over 400 stands of plantains in his farm.

Uwah said: “Sometime in July, last year, we had an incident where the herdsmen passed through our farm land. They normally pass through the road but recently they started entering into our farm. That particular day when their cattle entered our there destroyed our cassava and crops.

“My farm manager approached them and in response they decided to attack him and cut his hand. We followed up this matter the relevant agencies including the police and the Civil Defense. The Civil Defense has a unit that oversees matters of this nature and we were working them to see for the treatment but to no avail.”

He added: “Just last week Wednesday they passed through the farm again and destroyed our plantation. The fire incident happened that they went and fire on a farm land close to my own.

’s that fire that spread to my own farm. When we try to the fire they launched an attack back and looks as if their aim to burn down the entire plantation.

“My battle to put out the fire and when we thought the fire had been extinguished, I woke up that night to see fire again and burnt down 400 stands of our plantation. They threatened that nobody gets close to them.

The Police Command is yet to confirm invasion of the herdsmen as Police Public Officer, Odiko Macdon, did not pick his calls nor respond to the text message as at the time of filing the report