Obasanjo condemns burning of 2,420 hectares farmland

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has described as a bad development, the burning of his 2,420 hectares of farmland at Howe in Aliade area of Gwer East Local Government of Benue State, at the weekend.

In a release by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Tuesday, Obasanjo said the local and State governments, including the Security agencies in the State have taken up the issue.

He noted that they had promised to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and prosecute them.

The former President thanked those who had called him to identify with him on the incident.

Obasanjo condemned the huge loss on the farm land as a result of the inferno.

OgunToday reports that a mango plantation reportedly owned by Obasanjo was razed by suspected hoodlums in the Howe community, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.

According to reports, the farm was burnt following possible disagreements with the locals over compensation for the land which was originally owned by the state government.

The incident occurred on Saturday afternoon.

The Gwer East Local Government Chairman, Emmanuel Ortserga, who confirmed the incident said the fire was a deliberate act by hoodlums.

Ortserga added that four persons have been arrested in connection with the fire while investigations were still on to apprehend more culprits.

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