No Farming this year
OpenLife Nigeria has gathered that bandits are making good their threats to ensure that no farming takes place in Zamfara State this year.
On Saturday, just few hours after the demise of Lieutenant General Ibrahim Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff, in a plane crash in Kaduna State, the bandits shot dead eight farmers in their farmlands in Damaga village of Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State.
A farmer, Mohammed Sani who narrowly escaped death told journalists that the bandits invaded the farmlands around 9am on Saturday when the farmers were busy clearing their farms.
According to him, the bandits who were on motorcycles invaded our farms around 9am in the morning and began to shoot whoever they met in his farmland.
“They were able to kill eight people and wounded many, while others ran helter-skelter for their lives.
“As I am talking to you now, we are at the burial ground with the security agencies, trying to bury those who have lost their lives.
“They have earlier warned that they would not allow us to farm this year, but because the Government has promised to provide us with enough security, we decided to go and clear our farms now that the farming season is around the corner.
“Unfortunately for us, the bandits have kept to their promise and attacked us in our farms, killing eight of us,” Sani said.
Meanwhile, the bandits have on several occasions warned farmers in the rural areas that they would not allow farming activities to take place this year.