Katsina – The wave of bandit attacks in parts of Katsina state poses a serious threat to agricultural activities in the state, as farmers in droves desert their affected villages.
The LGAs of Faskari, Dandume and Sabuwa in the south are the state’s agricultural hub, but plagued by relentless kidnappings, cattle rustling, looting and indiscriminate killings by suspected Fulani bandits.
Two years ago, residents of towns and villages in Kaduna and Zamfara states were terrified of the activities of bandits forcing many farmers in villages such as Maganda and Jiruwa in the LGA of Dandume to abandon their fallow farmlands. .
Dahiru Alhassan, an LGA farmer from Faskari who moved to Funtua town for fear of a bandit attack, said he had no way of going to work on his farm this year.
“We left Yankara two weeks ago with our families and obviously we cannot return to our farms in this rainy season unless the army does something drastic and urgent to the bandits who are terrorizing our villages. It is only when you are alive and in peace that you will think of farming. “
He added that farmers from Sabon Layi, Maigora, Unguwar Ali Kere, Sheme and parts of Mairuwa have moved to Funtua town for security reasons.
Dahiru added that foreigners who own farmland in their neighborhoods have since deserted the area while some of them put their farms up for sale but there are no buyers.
Arewa Trust Weekly reports that despite the recent military attack on bandits in the state, there has been another wave of attacks, particularly in the local government areas of Sabuwa, Dandume and Faskari.
Mallam Usman, a resident of Damari village, recently said around 5:30 p.m. that bandits blocked the Dandume – Sabuwa road and robbed passers-by.
“Last Monday around 5:30 pm, bandits blocked the Dandume – Sabuwa road for a few minutes before heading towards the villages of Kyaware, Dungun Kagarko, Dankure and Ganahawa where they robbed people.