Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano has given the cattle dealers association two weeks ultimatum to pay compensation to farmers in some communities whose farms were destroyed by herdsmen last year.
The South East zonal chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle breaders Association, MACBAN, Alhaji Idris Sadiq Gidado disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard.
Gidado said that they have paid compensation to Ezeagu, Mbaukwu, Okija, Omo, Aguleri, Ayamelum and a few others, and added that only Ufuma community that is yet to be compensated would be paid in the next five days.
He said the association and communities had an agreement that if a herdsman destroys any farmer’s crops, the owner of the cattle will pay heavy compensation to such farmer and if a cattle is killed, the community will produce the killer or pay compensation to owner of the cattle at the current market value.
“Cattle that were killed last year by aggrieved farmers in some communities were more than 100, but governor Willie Obiano asked the communities to pay for 78 cattle whose cost stood at N50, 000 each,”he said.