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Delta CP blames farmer, herders clashes on injustice
By Barth Ozah
THE Commissioner of Police, Delta State, Mr. Adeyinka Adeleke has blamed the incessant clashes between the herdsmen and farmers in the country on injustice.
Adeleke who disclosed this to journalists in Asaba, noted that, it was injustice for cattle rearers to enter into a farm land, with their herds of cattle and damage crops and at the end nothing is done.
According to him: “No farmer will be happy when herds of cattle destroy his crops, and when nothing is done such farmer may resort to self help and the outcome may be clashes between him and the cattle rearers.”
He however, charged the farmers to report such cases to the appropriate quarters early enough so that it can be properly handled, adding that when that is done, the chances of conflicts will be almost zero.
The police boss added that when such damage is done in a farm and it is resolved immediately, there might be confidence between the farmer and the herder, even as he commended the Delta State Government for taking a bold step in setting up a committee to address any possible conflicts between the farmers and herders in the State.
According to him, the committee, comprises members who cut across the geopolitical zones in the country and has been very effective in checking farmers and herders clashes in the state to the extent that it had brought about quick resolution of issues involving the two.
He explained further that the committee had made the police efforts in tackling farmers and herders conflicts in the state much easier because the committee is proactive in handling any farmer and herder dispute.
He equally noted the effectiveness of the vigilante groups in assisting the police to curb crime in the state, even as he expressed delight on the efforts of the state government in the compilation of database of all the recognised vigilante groups in the state.