The police in Yobe State on Thursday confirmed the arrest of a farmer, Mohammad Mohammad, 25years of age, for allegedly poisoning nine wells in Kasesa village near Damaturu.
ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, the Command Spokesman disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu, he poured insecticide into nine wells which are sources of water to residents and herds in the area.
“When we collected the well eater as a sample and conducted laboratory analysis, we discovered that they were contaminated with fecal Coliforms, which can cause cholera, typhoid and other water-borne diseases”.
Abdulkarim said; “Therefore, we identified and arrested the suspect today. He will be charged to court soon”. he confessed to having committed the crime, but stated his intentions of trying to deter herders from invading his farm who are consistently trespassing.
According to Mohammed, with all the activities of herders perpetrated nationwide against farmers, and the fact that they move around with sophisticated weapons, he is of no match with them, and can not confront them.
He noted that the only form of defence he can use is to poison the wells on his farm, which the herders usually use to give drink to their cows to quench their taste whenever they are trespassing.
Abdulkarim said the command was also making efforts to arrest the herdsmen and charge them with alleged criminal trespassing
He advised farmers and herders to avoid acts capable of inciting violence.