Farmers Protest Alleged Encroachment, Destruction of Crops By Edo Govt, Agents

Delta state Tunjja Head Farmers Association has protested against an alleged encroachment on their land and destruction of their crops by PRESCO PLC

The protesters who gathered at the Delta State House of Assembly with various placards with inscription such as,  PRESCO PLC; for land grabbing; forceful invasion, and destruction of our farmland and crops, Delta/Edo land disputes: We say no to land grabbing, Great farmers, Great Nation, No farmers, No Nation,” called on members of Assembly to help them cry out.

Mr. Oraka Saint Paul, Secretary General Tunjja Head Farmers Association, Delta state who spoke to journalists on ground, said the farmer’s association comprising of Ukwani local government, Ethiope East local government and Ethiope West local government, decided to protest peacefully to the state Assembly to let their grievances known.

He said some individuals from Edo state were laying claim that Edo state government gave them right of occupancy for the land they have been farming on for the past ten decades, adding that their crops worth billions of Naira have been destroyed by the impostors.

He said if Government and State House of Assembly did not intervene, there will be hunger within the vicinity, and price of goods will get to soar.

He said the Association has written several letters to Delta state Governor, Delta state House of Assembly Speaker, Delta state Attorney General, and the local government chairmen of the affected areas but no response have come from them.

He alleged that the chairman of Ukwani local government area issued a threat to deal with them if they go further with the matter.

While appealing for calm, SSA to Deputy speaker, Delta state House of Assembly, Pastor Ifeanyi chukwu, said, the Hon. Speaker and members of the Assembly are currently out of the state, saying Delta state is a peaceful state, and Mr. Speaker who is the incoming Governor will ensure that the matter is resolved and Delta government will not allow anyone take anything that belong to them.

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