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    Saturday, 27 January 2018

    Herdsman sets ex-employer’s 22-hectare cassava, rice plantations ablaze


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    Twenty hectares of cassava and rice plantations owned by Lehin Investment Farms, have allegedly been burnt by a herdsman previously employed as a security guard by the company.

    The consultant of the company, Mr. Daramola Josiah, said the suspect, Hammed Gaa-Alakuko, was employed alongside two other herdsmen to help prevent the destruction of their farm by marauding herdsmen.

    Gaa-Alakuko, who was employed in March 2017 and disengaged nine months later, had returned to the business of tending to cattle.

    Since Gaa-Alakuko allegedly set the farm ablaze, he has been on the run, while the police are on his trail.

    Josiah said since the arson, Gaa Alakuko had been sending emissaries to the company’s management to beg for forgiveness.

    Conducting journalists round the affected farm at Idofian/Igberiin in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Josiah estimated the destruction to be about N20m.

    According to him, the destruction has negatively affected the efforts of the company to contribute positively towards increasing food production in Kwara State.

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