Police in Yobe State have arrested a farmer, Mohammad Mohammad, 25, for allegedly poisoning nine wells in Kasesa village near Damaturu, the state capital.
The command spokesman, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Damaturu.
He said: ”On May 25, he poured insecticide into nine wells which are sources of water to residents and herds in the area. When we collected the water from the wells 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.”
He said Mohammad confessed to committing the offence, but said 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.