Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Mysterious fireoutbreak has destroyed no less than 10,000 tubers of yam at various farms in Ubulu Uku Community, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta state in the early hours of Thursday as all efforts to put it out proved abortive by owners of the farms.
Some residents of the Community, one of them, Paul Mordi who spoke to Journalists in the area, however described the fireoutbreak as mysterious, adding that it started in the bush as allegedly caused by evil doers, and Called on the Police to investigate the root cause of the Fireoutbreak as the situation has inflicted hunger and disaster in the homes of the victims.
Eyewitness, Smart Nwani said that the yam bans and other farm crops belonging to over twenty farmers in the Community, were Completely razed by the inferno that worsened all the farms in the Community, especially for those who planted Cassava among others.
But on of the victims, Emmanuel Osemene who spoke to Journalists in the area said” l don’t know where to start from,I was called upon to rush to my farm and I watched all the farms razed by the shocking fireoutbreak,it started somewhere around Isho quarters in Ubulu Uku Community and all our Crops razed by the fireoutbreak, and we’re still shocked by the situation as we Call on the Police to investigate the Circumstances surrounding the fireoutbreak in our farmlands”
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba had on Wednesday warned against indiscriminate bush burning by unscrupulous individuals, adding that the state government would deal decisively with anyone caught in the act as the warning seemed to have fell on deaf ears with everyday hue and cry across the state on indiscriminate bush burning, leaving farm crops worth millions of naira destroyed in the affected farms.
Another victim, Paul Omo Agafe said” I was in the house in the morning when my phone rang that my farms were Consumed by fireoutbreak and all the yam bans destroyed including other crops, I am Confused and I don’t know where to start from, the worse is that we don’t know how the fire started as some people said it was bush burning,now imagine over 2,000 of my yam tubers razed,we are appealing to the state government to Come to our aid, Farming is our major Source of income here in Ubulu Uku and our Crops razed by fireoutbreak”
Confirming the incident, the Police Commissioner in the state, Hafiz Mohammed Inuwah said that the police arrested two persons in connection with indiscriminate bush burning, adding that investigation was ongoing with a view to bringing the Culprits to arrest, especially as the fireoutbreak destroyed hundreds of Crops in the Community’s farmlands.
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