By Matthew Onah
Fifty-five hectares of matured sugar cane at the Savanah Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Dangote Sugar Refinery, has been destroyed by Fulani herdsmen, who attacked Numan and Demsa Local Government council areas last Monday.
The General Manager, Savanah Sugar Company, Numan, Mr Palanisamy Chandrasekaran, who comfirmed the incident, told METROWATCH that the cane field was set on fire by the herdsmen who had been attacking communities in and around Numan and Demsa local government areas for a couple of days.
He stated that it was too early to estimate the total loss to the company but that the cane fields burnt would cost over N1 billion, stressing that it would take some time for the company to pull out of the mishap.
Chandrasekaran, disclosed that the workers of the company were about to harvest the canefeilds when it was set on fire lamenting that the company was just coming out of a forced closure of the factory due to a labour disagreement.
It would be recalled that the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo , paid a working visit to Adamawa state on Tuesday to inspect the carnage wrought by the rampaging armed gunmen, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, who engaged in reprisal attacks on Bachama communities in Numan and Demsa local government council areas.
The herdmen have attacked and sacked over six Bachama communities of Dong, Lawuru, Shaforon, Kodomti, Bolon and Gereng in which six mobile policemen and at least 45 villagers, including two traditional rulers, were killed.