BREAKING: Ondo Farmers Protest, Block Lagos-Benin Road


Angry farmers in Ondo State have protested the alleged decision of the state government led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to sell their farmland to foreigners.

At the government reserve in Ofosu, Idanre Local Council Area, the farmers primarily farm cocoa, cashew, banana, yam, and cassava.

Protesters took to the streets on Monday, armed with placards bearing various inscriptions, and blocked the Lagos-Benin highway.

Their placards read, among other things, "Respect Our Right to Livelihood"; "Do not Give Our Land to Mindless Capitalists"; "We Want to Remain Farmers, Not Armed Robbers"; "No Farmers, No Nation"; and "Please Do not Take Our Farms."

Despite their large quarterly pay, the farmers accused the state government of selling the farmlands to a popular Chinese company.

Kazeem Akinrimisi, the protesters' leader, told journalists that the farmers are about to lose over 20,000 acres of farmland to the Chinese company.

He explained that the farmers, who now live in 74 camps in the Ofosu community, had been farming on the land for more than 20 years.

He revealed that farmers have been complying with government directives since 2019 with no disagreements between the two parties.





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