A 45-year-old farmer, Mutiu Adeeyo, from Iso-Isu, Osun State, has accused the police in the state of unlawful invasion and destruction of his property.
Adeeyo, also alleged that a sum of N5.5million went missing from his wardrobe after the attack on July 19.
While narrating the incident to our The Tide’s source, the farmer said the policemen stormed his home around 11pm.
“My wife, children, and my brother’s wives and children were all sleeping that night when we heard people kicking the gate. I was traumatised because I knew the security situation of the country.
“They scaled the fence when we did not open the gate. They went to the main and back doors and started shouting that we should open the doors.
“When we did not answer, they broke the doors open and asked where I was. The women said I was not at home. They started breaking every door to look for me.
They didn’t stop despite the women protesting that they were not covered. When they noticed the room I was, they broke in and arrested me at gunpoint. I was handcuffed and taken into their van”, he narrated.
The farmer said he had a land dispute with some of the people who accompanied the policemen.
“But we had settled it and followed what the law says. When they were bringing me out, some men went into my wardrobe and took a polythene bag containing N5.5million,” he added.
Adeeyo, said he was taken to the Pere Police Station, Ede, and detained till the following day.
He said he was later taken to court, where he was accused of destroying the fence of a building on the disputed land at Kajola.
He said the court, discovering that there was a similar case which the Zone 11 Police Command had filed on his behalf, adjourned the matter and allowed him to leave.
“If the police called to see me, I would have answered them because I didn’t commit any crime,” he stated.
His wife, Shakirah Adeeyo, also confirmed the incident to our correspondent.
A member of the legal team representing the farmer, Azeez Zakariyau, told The Tide’s source that it was the second time the police would detain Adeeyo.
“When the police went to his house the first time, enquiries were ongoing when we filed a petition at the Zone 11 police headquarters at Osogbo.
“They investigated and discovered that he was not at fault. Then the Zone 11 Police Command charged some suspected land grabbers to court for malicious damage.
“Then, they went to arrest him again on July 19. Our team has filed a petition against the entry and disappearance of the money,” he added.
The petition, dated July 29, was signed by one Alfred Adegoke, and addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.
Adegoke alleged that the police team stole N5.5m from the farmer and demanded an investigation into the incident.
A police source, however, denied that any money was taken by the team, adding that Mutiu was arrested for malicious damage.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said she was not aware of the matter.
She promised to get back to our correspondent but had yet to do so as of the time of filing this report.
Nigeria Targets Massive Seed Export, Joins OECD
The National Agricultural Seed Council (NASC) has commenced a move to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which will give way for Nigeria to explore the global seed industry.
This move is also expected to allow more foreign seed companies to produce seeds in Nigeria and sell to other countries, having the backing of OECD.
At the end of Practical training of Seed Certification Officer in Abuja by NASC, in conjunction with OECD, the Director General of NASC, Dr Philip Ojo, told journalists that the training is an OECD seed scheme capacity building programme to train seed certification officers on the standard and certification scheme and inspection activities of OECD.
“The reason is that we in the industry must be part of the global structure, and the way to go is that the OECD scheme seed companies here can participate in International seed trade, and there are rules and regulations concerning this, that is exactly what this training is all about”, Dr Ojo stated.
He said a total of thirty persons have been trained so far, adding that “we have many seed certification officers, this is train the trainer training”, he added
Director Seed Certification and Quality Control at NASC, Dr Ishaq Khalid, said the aim of the training is for Nigeria to take advantage of global seed trade.
He said Nigeria, today, has a restricted market in West Africa for seed trade due to a standard issue which is currently being addressed.
“We are principally targeting seed trade. If you observe our market, particularly the vegetable seeds, we hardly have made in Nigeria seeds. You will see all vegetable seeds standard and substandard from every part, making this place a dumping ground.
“Nigeria has to take its place in the global seed industry. It is a source to also earn foreign exchange. We encourage foreign investors to come and produce the seeds here and market in other countries because we want to create jobs.
“The question of substandard seeds will also phase out because if you are a member of OECD, if your seed is coming to Nigeria, it must not be below the minimum standard.
“Nigeria has started some level of international seed trade, particularly within the West African Sub Region. We were not able to go further because they do not believe in our standard.
“Now that we are aspiring to be member of the OECD, they will not be looking at our seed like Nigerian standard, rather as OECD standard.
“In Nigeria we already have some international seed companies, so they know that anywhere they go to trade these seeds, they will be OECD standard, our indigenous companies are not doing badly too, we want them to very used to this standard”, he noted.
Sanwo-Olu Begins Africa’s Largest Food Logistics Park Construction
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, kicked off the construction of Africa’s largest food logistics park in Ketu-Ereyun, Epe area of the State aimed at boosting food security in the state in particular, and Nigeria in general.
According to Sanwo-Olu during the groundbreaking ceremony, the project, “Lagos State Food Security Systems and Central Logistics Hub”, would be built on 1.2 million square metres of land, and would have various components.
Such components include aggregation/storage facilities, administrative offices, trading/brokering facilities, and packaging facilities.
It will also have processing facilities, cold chain/dry goods services, logistics services/trailer park, water treatment plant, health centre, fuel station/ Fire station and abattoir.
“The project will be implemented in two phases: the pilot phase, for which we are doing the groundbreaking; and the main phase.
“When completed, the hub will create wealth for more than 5 million people, feed more than 10 million Lagosians, guarantee food supplies for at least 90 days, provide storage facilities for more than 1,500 trucks per day, service the needs of thousands of operators per annum, and process large commercial transactions”, the Governor said.
He continued that the project would improve productivity, guarantee greater returns for farmers, by cutting out several layers of middlemen; facilitate improved access to modern processing and packaging services for farmers; and generate useful data for the use of government agencies, private sector players, and multilateral agencies.
Sanwo-Olu stated further that the hub would provide a better buying experience for consumers; help achieve a reduction in logistics costs, while guaranteeing the standardization of quantity and quality for agricultural products.
“I can boldly say that this is one of the most important agricultural interventions that Nigeria has ever seen. The fact that it is taking place in Lagos, the most populous and fastest growing subnational entity in the country, means that it is bound to have significant national, regional, and continental impact,” he assured.
While, reiterating the benefits of the project, the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, said, “the project’s enormity and scope will change the economic landscape of Epe and Lagos as a whole adding that the project which is the largest in Africa will lead to an influx of services in sectors such as: real estate sector, banking, logistics, hospitality sector among others”.
‘Mainstreaming Local Farmers, Solution To Unemployment’
Executive Director of the National Horticultural Research Institute, (NIHORT), Dr.Muhammed Lawal Attanda, has urged the Federal Government to bring farmers in the informal sector to the formal scene.
He said this would not only solve the problem of unemployment in the country, but also solve the economic crisis in the country.
Attanda stated this while speaking with journalists during the annual In-House Research Review and Planning Meeting with the theme “Innovative Horticultural Crop Research, Panacea to Sustainable Food and Nutrition, Security and Economic Empowerment, which held recently at the National Horticultural Research Institute (NIHORT), Jericho Reservation Area, Idi-Isin, Ibadan.
The In-House Research Review and Planning meeting was organised in respect to the innovations carried out by the researchers of the institution which includes various innovations.
Such innovations includes: “Tuna Trap Tray, Biopesticides (NIHORT Lyptol and NIHORT Ratkin), Herbal teas, Fabrication of Irvingia decorticator machine, Value added products, Musana Soaps, Fabrication of Horticultural Waste Shredder, Solar dryer and other research inventions”, he said.
According to him, the country is currently experiencing a great challenge in food productions, thus the need to carry out researches that could create solutions and sustainable food and nutrition, security, and economic empowerment for the masses at large.
”The need to integrate local farmers into the working system of Nigeria is of a great necessity. Majorly when we talk about unemployment, most times we refer to white collar jobs, but what about the numerous local farmers that we have in the country?
“The government can create a system whereby they would be employed formerly, provided with mordernised farming tools, and thus, creating more employment for many”, he stated.
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