The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), on Tuesday paraded a gang of seven suspected Fulani youths responsible for the recent crisis in the State just to steal farmers produce.
State Commandant of the NSCDC Mr. Kamilu Isah, told journalists in Jalingo while parading the suspects that the gang were arrested in remote communities in Gassol Local Government Area of the State.
According to him, the gang operates as a syndicate that specialises in attacking farmers in remote areas during harvest seasons to scare them away and pave way for them to steal their farm produce.
He disclosed that the syndicate was arrested with over 36 bags of soya beans which they stole after attacking and driving away farmers from Nanguru, Burnun Kurukuru, Maigamu, and Orga villages all in Gassol Local Government Area of the State.
Explaining further, Isah said the syndicate sold the 36 bags of the stolen grains at the cost of N369,000 to a 68 year old Alhaji Abdulkadir Umar who is also part of the syndicate.
“These men have continuously caused crisis in the State by attacking Tiv communities during harvest season just to drive the farmers away and steal their produce. Their activities have led to series of crisis in the State, killing many, while property worth millions of naira have been have destroyed by their activities,” he said.
Isah informed that the command got wind of their tactics and extended surveillance to the most remote areas where some of them were track and arrested.
The State Commandant called on the State Government to constitute and empower a joint task force to patrol the hinterlands of the State to help curb the trend, noting that this was the first time any uniformed personnel could enter such remote areas of the State.
One of the farmers affected by the activities of the criminal gang, Mr. Aondoakura Agim, who spoke to journalists, commended the efforts of the NSCDC and called on other security operatives to also extend their surveillance to the rural areas to check activities of criminal elements in the State.