The Yobe State Police Command has arrested 25-year-old farmer, Mohammad Mohammad, for allegedly poisoning nine wells in Kasesa village near Damaturu.
Spokesperson of the command, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, confirmed the arrest in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, June 3.
“On May 25, he poured insecticide into nine wells which are sources of water to residents and herds in the area,’ Abdulkarim stated.
“When we collected the well eater as sample and conducted laboratory analysis, we discovered that they were contaminated with fecal Coliforms, which can cause cholera , typhoid and other water borne diseases. Therefore, we identified and arrested the suspect today. He will be charged to court soon,”
The spokesman said the suspect confessed to committing the offence, but claimed his intention was to deter herders from invading his farm.
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.