Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia
Abia State former governor, Senator Theodore Orji has suffered loss of crops worth over N6.2 million following invasion of his farm by cattle at Ndi Oji Abam in Arochukwu Local Government Area.
Conducting our correspondent around the farm, about 25 kilometers from the capital, Umuahia, the Liaison Officer, Senator Theodore Orji Constituency Office, Mr. Ifeanyi Umere, decried the invasion.
He said the farm was among many that had suffered similar fate in the community within the last one month, adding that the herdsmen always threatened to attack the farmers if they dared to challenge them.
Describing the invasion as both massive and of unimaginable proportion, he added that it affected mostly the seasonal crops section, “only a few days to harvesting the crops.”
He said he reported the matter to both the owners of the cattle and leaders of cattle rearers association in the state no sooner than it occured, adding that none of them had responded positively.
The officer explained that he had also reported it to both the state Command of the Nigeria Police Force and the office of the adviser to the governor on security matter to look into, but to no avail.
Lamenting the danger of the menace in the area, he said it was only by the grace of God and the peaceful disposition of the people that the situation had not gone out of hand.
“But there is a limit to the extent the people can bear such losses and I pray that both the owners of the cattle and the security agencies should take note of this,” he warned.
Efforts by our correspondent to contact the leader of Hausa Community along Eket Road in the capital, Alhaji Danladi Yaro, failed as one of his aides, said the leader was away.
Speaking in Hausa, the aide who could neither confirm nor deny the report of the invasion, disclosed that most often the leader was not aware of the presence of such herdsmen in the state.