ODA kicks as herdsmen attacks farmlands in Kogi

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The Okun Development Association (ODA), a socio-cultural organization representing the Okun people in Kogi State, has strongly condemned the recent attacks on farmlands by cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen.

In a statement released on Saturday, National Publicity Secretary Dayo Thomas expressed the group’s outrage over the latest incident, which took place in Egbe Town of the Yagba West senatorial district.

A now-viral video clip shows acres of cassava farms completely destroyed by unrestrained cows, highlighting the severity of the attack.

ODA warned that such destructive actions could further damage the already struggling local economy, despite ongoing efforts by the government and community to find lasting solutions to the persistent herdsmen-farmer conflicts in the state.

The group pointed to the recent spike in food prices as a clear indication of the escalating herdsmen activities, noting with dismay that affected farmers are increasingly sinking into depression, poverty, and hopelessness as these attacks become more frequent and severe.

“The farmers are still in panic mode a few days after the incident, scared of returning to their farms to avoid physical attacks.

“The soaring torment being experienced by our local farmers is unbearably extreme and unacceptable,” the statement read.

The group added that the unrestrained actions by the herdsmen have caused unprecedented hyper-inflationary pressures on the community.

They urged relevant authorities to intervene quickly to prevent further destruction of farms and produce, calling the ongoing situation beyond logical reasoning.

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