Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has condemned the destruction of his 2,420 hectares of farmland at Hawe in Aliade, Gwer East Local Government of Benue State, at the weekend.
Obasanjo, in a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, described the burning down of his farm as a “bad development.”
The mango plantation belonging to the former president was allegedly destroyed by hoodlums.
The arsonists reportedly burnt down the farm following probable disagreements with the locals over compensation for the piece of land that originally belonged to the state government.
The Chairman of Gwer East LGA, Emmanuel Ortserga, who confirmed the incident, described it as deliberate sabotage, disclosing that four people had been arrested in connection with the crime.
Obasanjo, who applauded those that had reached out to identify with him, said he was happy that no death was recorded.
Only bad terrible news come from Benue state under Ortom… We will not be surprised as long as our governor is successful building his personal empire…. Where is the security vote now used for if not for makeshift press conference instead of containing violence…
We can’t wait for our Venue and our future beyond…..