The constant attacks on rural farmers have prompted the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Plateau State, to foretell some unavoidable consequences if bandits continue to destroy farms and their yields.
NUJ warned that there would be aggravated hunger in the land due to a shortage in food supply being witnessed in the state, adding that the government must tackle the problem.
The Union gave the warning in a communiqué issued on Saturday in Jos after a Friday night congress.
The journalists urged security agencies, particularly Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to safeguard farmers and farmlands.
The Plateau State branch of NUJ stressed the need for urgent intervention on the part of the state government and relevant security agencies.
NUJ Predicts Doomsday
“If nothing is done urgently, there may be food scarcity and serious hunger”, the Secretary, Peter Amine, noted.
The scribe also called on the government to regulate tricycle (Keke) riders in Jos.” The NUJ communique stated in parts.
However, as contained in the document, the Union lamented how criminals use the means of transportation to perpetrate unlawful acts.
The Union further condemned the spate of cult activities, drug abuse among youths and charged law enforcement agencies to stem the tide.
The council revealed that residents in the state are dying daily and that the situation would continue to remain the same if stringent measures are not put in place to cleanse the area.