Herder threat­ens farmer af­ter steal­ing yam in Abuja sub­urb

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Taiwo Adeniyi, Olayemi John-Mensah & Eseohe Eb­hota By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

In Fadama, res­i­dents said they drink from a con­tam­i­nated river. The res­i­dents of the com­mu­nity in Kwali Area Coun­cil, Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), said lack of potable wa­ter top their wish list for the area coun­cil author­i­ties. The com­mu­nity head, Al­haji Yusuf Seriki Numa said the only wa­ter source in the com­mu­nity is River Gu­rara, which he said, is not pure enough for drink­ing. The chief, who spoke through his son, Garba Yusuf, said a crude oil pipeline that passed through the wa­ter con­tam­i­nates it.

The pipeline, he said adds to sev­eral de­bris found in the river. He said on many oc­ca­sions, res­i­dents have suf­fered from skin ir­ri­ta­tions and sick­ness ow­ing to the river. Ab­dul­lahi Barde, another res­i­dent, said the gov­ern­ment has not pro­vided the com­mu­nity with any so­cial amenity. Barde, who said the res­i­dents are not happy with the con­di­tion of the com­mu­nity, ex­plained that chil­dren walk to pri­mary and sec­ondary schools in neigh­bour­ing Go­mani and Pai re­spec­tively. A mid­dle-aged herder, iden­ti­fied as Murida Us­man, was on Satur­day evening al­leged to have threat­ened to kill a farmer af­ter he was caught with some tu­bers of yam in a farm at Gu­nagu vil­lage in Kuje Area Coun­cil in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

A rel­a­tive of the farmer, Josiah Amos, said the in­ci­dent hap­pened around 5:23 pm as the farmer was about to leave his farm and the herder sneaked in and re­moved three tu­bers of yam from the ridges.

He said the farmer saw the Fu­lani man while he was about to go home, and hid be­hind a tree, adding that af­ter the herder looked round and did not see the farmer, he al­legedly en­tered the farm.

Ac­cord­ing to Amos, the farmer im­me­di­ately walked up to the Fu­lani man to ask him why he re­moved yams from his farm, a sit­u­a­tion he said re­sulted to al­ter­ca­tion be­tween the farmer and herder.

He al­leged that the herder bran­dished a cut­lass and threat­ened to kill the farmer.

He said the Fu­lani man, who was mi­grat­ing with his herd of cat­tle from neig­bour­ing Sabo vil­lage, was later pre­vailed upon by some el­ders to sheath his cut­lass, af­ter some youth from the vil­lage got wind of the in­ci­dent and mo­bi­lized them­selves to the farm.

“When the Fu­lani man’s brother saw that a ma­jor cri­sis was about to erupt, he begged for the brother to be for­given. The el­ders of the vil­lage in­ter­vened and the an­gry youths of the area who could have easily lynched the herder calmed down,” he said.

When con­tacted, men of the Kwaku po­lice out­post said the out­post was aware of the mat­ter, and that the vil­lage head and some el­ders of the com­mu­nity had waded in and re­solved the mat­ter.

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