ENUGU- released by cattle herders in Oji-AGU in society Akpugo, Nkanu Enugu East Local Government Area, where they invade and destroy the farming of rice worth over N17 million.
This occurred in the face of the guardians of the forest formed by the Enugu State Government to protect rural areas from criminal activities such as the case at hand.
Activity herders, some of whom were involved in criminal activities such as kidnapping are the reason Southeast governors agreed to set up local residents in many countries they are backed up by-laws made by their state assemblies.
Pastoralists have often been accused of wanton destruction of farm people, raping and killing women, kidnapping and other criminal activities.
Enugu is on record to set up a rural-based security outfit known as the Forest Guards, which is 1,700 able-bodied men from 100 per area of Local Government; and generously equipped with more than 260 vehicles, 260 motorcycles and other security gadgets to help secure farms in all the 260 wards in the state.
However, critics have pointed out that some of them are just hovering around the headquarters of the council to leave the other part of the board at the mercy of criminal elements.
Critics said the attacks in rice farming in Oji-Aug, Akpugo society should wakeup calls to them.
Lament the massive destruction of agricultural land rice, Manager Excellent Integrated Farms Ltd, Mr Ekene Uzodinma, said that a herd of cattle ate up more than eight hectares of rice lands belonging to the company.