Adamawa’s First Class Chief, The Hama Batta, Alhamdu Teneke, has said killer herdsmen, who attacked the Bare and Dowaya communities in the Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa State, issued a notice saying that they would not allow the farmers to farm on their land.
Alhamdu, said this during an advocacy visit by UNWOMEN Media Network on Saturday, stating that women and children were the most affected by the attacks.
Hama Batta, said the notice served by the herdsmen during their last attack on Dowaya and Bare is likely to cause famine because of the threat by the herdsmen not to allow any farming activities in the area.
The traditional ruler who also applauded the the military for their quick intervention said “it would have been worse if not for the effort of the military”.
He further called on the military and police to persevere and ensure an end to the killings.
21 persons were killed in the attacks on Dowaya, Demsa LGAs in the first attacks, while another attack in Bare on Tuesday resulted in the deaths of two more persons, which locals claimed were carried out by armed Fulani herdsmen.
“The entire Numan people are living in fear of the unknown. In some areas, the herdsmen categorically stated that they would not allow the farmers to farm on their land.ADVERTISEMENT
Especially in Numan, the herdsmen mentioned that they would not allow them to farm and that, even if they do, they were going to destroy their farmlands.
“But we have informed the government of this. Definitely, if the government does not come to our rescue this rainy season, our people will not be able to farm. These farmers depend on the land for their livelihoods. If they don’t farm, then, there will be famine because they will have nothing to eat”.
According to Alhamdu, most communities, under the Numan federation, require security presence for the farmers to go to their farmlands.