Fifty-five hectares of sugar cane belonging to the the Savanah Sugar Company, a subsidiary of Dangote Sugar Refinery, has been destroyed by suspected Fulani gunmen who attacked Numan and Demsa Local Government council areas last Monday, the company has announced.
General Manager of the Savanah Sugar Company, Mr Palanisamy Chandrasekaran, who comfirmed the incidentsaid the sugar cane farm was set on fire by the herdsmen who had been attacking communities in and around the areas for a couple of days.
Chandrasekaran, who said it was too early to estimate the total loss to the company, said an early estimate of the cost of the burnt cane fields would be over N1 billion.
He said it would take some time for the company to overcome the disaster.
The manager said the attack was most unfortunate as workers of the company were about to harvest the cane fields when it was set on fire.
He said the incident was another blow to the company, which was just coming out of a forced closure of the factory due to a labour disagreement.
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 have launched series of attacks on Bachama communities in Numan and Demsa local government council areas in recent days.
The gunmen 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.