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Over 120 farmers killed in six months – report

As insecurity heightens in the country, coupled with an increase in the cost of living, the Nigerian Security Tracker, a project of the Council on Foreign Relations has revealed that between the period of January and June this year, more than 128 farmers have been killed.

The data also revealed that no fewer than 37 farmers were also kidnapped within the period under review.

In Nasarawa state on April 22, to be precise, some herders on a reprisal attack killed 12 farmers and burnt their houses. In Kaduna, nine farmers couldn’t escape the anger of the daredevils as bandits snuffed life out of them with their weapons of death on May 21.

Twenty two farmers in Zamfara were gunned down on May 27. While on the first day of June, in the same state, terrorists in security uniform stormed a farm, killing three and abducted two.

Suspected herdsmen further murdered six farmers in a community in Ondo state on February 5. Just as 25 more were also killed on June 15. In Borno state, 25 farmers further lost their lives to the wrath of herders.

Kabir Ibrahim, the National President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, while commenting on the sad events said if the killings were not nipped in the bud, the country would go into food crisis.

His words: “Insecurity is a threat to food security unless we do something to stem the tide of insecurity in the country Nigeria will suffer food sufficiency, food security is going to be a mirage”.

It should be noted that the United Nations Children’s Fund has informed that 25 million Nigerians are currently at a risk of food insecurity in 2023.

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