How kidnapping may slow down farming in Taraba - Residents lament
Nnenna Ibeh|April. 11, 2019
- Farming in various communities in Taraba state are being slowed down due to kidnappings in the area
- Residents of the state were said to be kidnapped either on their way to the farm or while working on the farms
- The residents say it has become very dangerous to go far away from the village to farm because of kidnappers
Some residents of various communities in Taraba sate have condemned the rising spate of kidnapping in the state.
Daily Trust reports that findings revealed that already, kidnappers are terrorising rural communities, who are mostly farmers.
Some of the areas been affected by by mance of the kidnappers include parts of Gassol, Ardo-Kola, Bali, Karim-Lamido and Lau local government areas of the state where a number of people were kidnapped either on their way to the farm or while working on the farms.
The incidence, the report says have also hindered farmers from going to their farms due to fear of being attacked.
One of the farmers in Yalwan Tau, in Ardo-Kola local government area, Malam Jibir Musa, said it has become very dangerous to go far away from the village to farm because of kidnappers.
Musa said most of the farms owned by residents are located far from the community and discouraging people for people.
Also speaking, Alhaji Haruna Kaka, a farmer in Mutumbiyu said the rate of kidnapping was posing a threat to farmers, especially those that have their farm in remote locations.
Kaka said some farmers wwho recorded good yields in their farms were kidnapped and forced to sell their produce to pay the ransom.
However, the spokesperson for the Taraba state police, David Misal, said the command was doing its best to address kidnapping and other crimes in both urban and rural areas of the state.
He said as part of its efforts, many of kidnappers have been arrested by the police.
The Jukun and TIV ethnic groups share common boundary between Benue and Taraba states.
In an interview with newsmen in Wukari on Sunday, April 7, Adi who called for calm, further disclosed that more than nine communities had so far been razed and displaced from the Kente ward of the affected area.
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