A caterpillar (payloader 950 c) doing a clearing job on a farm Land belonging to TEMIK NIGERIA LIMITED was set ablaze by yet to be identified person(s) at Ipaya Akintunde Village, Imala, Oke-Ogun LCDA, Abeokuta North, Ogun State.
The malicious damage was carried out between the hours of 11am-12noon on Friday 22nd March, 2019.
Though the incident has been reported to the Imala Police Station and the Police Authority in Imala promised to investigate the matter to unravel the masterminds of the acts and bring them to book.
Metrolensonline learnt from the Manager of the farmland Mr. David that, Unknown persons enter the farm land and burn down the caterpillar ( payloader 950 c) that they were using to clear the company’s farmland at Ipaya Akintunde Village, Imala.
We also learnt that the farm management engaged the service of a security personnel (Olode) whose contract is to watch over the farm equipment between the hours of 7pm-7am daily, he ensures workers working on the farmland resumes duty before leaving, but on the day the Caterpillar was set ablaze, the operator could not work on the farmland with the caterpillar because of the wet ground owing to the heavy down pure of a day before which necessitate the operator and his assistance to leave for their respective abode only to be phoned hours later that the farm Caterpillar is on fire.
An eye witness account has it that.. “‘around 11am in the morning, no workers of TEMIK NIG LTD was on ground at farm when an unknown person (s) enter the farmland and set the caterpillar ablaze, it was the flame a passer-by saw and alerted the village people who help put off the fire but it was rather late as serious damage has already been done to the said Caterpillar.
The devastated farm manager, Mr. David said ”the ugly incident may not be unconnected to the disagreement between some family members who are aggrieved about what they got from the proceeds of the land sale to its present owner and occupier (TEMIK NIG LTD) by the Bale Ipaya Akintunde Village who was the rightful owner of the said land” He further stated that, there are also other persons farming on the farmland for free before it was sold in October 2018, they have since been asked to vacate the place by both the former and new owners of the farmland after it has been sold but they are still feeling reluctant to vacate the land” “and we don’t want to forcefully removed them. Mr david while expressing his disappointment said, “‘this is part of the factors affecting businesses and investment in Nigeria, it is also a factors hindering developments in some locality.