Another Fulani’s orchestrated mischief on farmed crops has, again, been witnessed at Sopp Community of Bachi District, Riyom LGA of Plateau State on 17th day of July, 2020 leaving the victims in agony of economic devastation.
On visit to the scene of the incident by ECCVN’s team, it was found out that 4 farms of Maize, Guinea Corn, Sweet potatoes were mowed down by suspected Fulani herdsmen who went over night and perpetrated the dastardly act which invariably plunged economic hardship on the affected native victims namely,
- Pst. Zakka Dalyop, aged 40 with wife and 5 children.
- Sunday Coma,aged 38 with wife and 5 children.
- Clement Pam aged 37 with wife and 3 children.
- Labi Danjuma, aged 30 with wife and 2 children.
- Dadongs Moses Coma, aged 51 with wife and 5 children.
In reaction to the said mischief, Mr. Dadongs Moses Goma, for himself and on behalf of the affected persons lamented, saying, “after armed invasions meted out on us in 2014 as a result of which many of our people were killed, villages sacked out, we have again started witnessing another dimension of the battle, which is economic warfare targeted at farmed crops about to get ripe for harvest hopefully by the end of August but have now been mowed down by suspected Fulani herdsmen who possibly migrated from Bauchi State….” He added that, “these are the few nearby farmlands accessible for cultivation” as most lands have been forcefully taken over by way of armed invasions and threats thereby depriving natives rights thereto.
It was also gathered that sometimes in May/June,2020, a group of Fulani aggressively stormed and drove away natives of Sopp from cultivating ancestral lands with claim that the said lands have been forcefully taken over by the Fulani. This has always been the claims of the marauders that land belongs to God and must be freely used by them and not owned by natives as an inheritance. Thus, they (Fulani) have inalienable right to freely use any land of their choice without protest.
Following the above anarchical dispositions, ECCVN calls on all relevant authorities, Civil Society Organizations-CSOs and other critical stakeholders to, as a matter of urgency, rise up to the occasion of land grabs and mischievous activities of Fulani herdsmen which are two sides of the same coin that are intractable to looming economic backwardness and unprecedented hunger lingering on native communities of Plateau State.
It’s also appealed that a food intervention packages be made as humanitarian outreach to all crisis victims, especially those affected by recent destruction of farmed crops pervasively carried out by agents of mischief in the recent time. This will greatly cushion an impending economic asperity caused on the helpless victims.
Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri, Esq.
Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria-ECCVN