A mango plantation owned by former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been burnt down by hoodlums in the Howe community, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State.
The manager of the farm, Zubello Muhamed, revealed that the incident occurred on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2022, when he travelled out of the area for an official assignment.
According to reports, the 140 hectares farm was burnt following possible disagreements with the locals over compensation for the land which was originally owned by the state government.
The Gwer East Local Government Chairman also confirmed the incident, he said the fire was a deliberate act by hoodlums.
Ortserga added that four persons have been arrested in connection with the fire while investigations were still on to apprehend more culprits.
“The fire on the 139 hectares farm was started at about 2 pm on Saturday by hoodlums and nearly half of it is gone. It was clearly a sabotage.
“It was strange that there was a fire outbreak in the farm because the farm was properly safeguarded, so it was obvious that it was sabotage.