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Herdsmen attack woman, daughter in Edo

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Fulani herdsmen have attacked a woman and her daughter at Ofumwengbe village in Ovia South West local government area for daring to report them to the police.

The woman, Mrs. Patricia Toweh aged 52 and her daughter, Hannah, aged 18 were inflicted injuries with machete.

Hannah had a deep cut in her forehead and right hand while her mother had her left ear severed and a deep cut of her forehead.

Narrating her ordeal to newsmen, Mrs. Patricia said they were attacked because she reported the herdsmen to the police after they destroyed her two hectares of cassava farm.

Patricia said the herdsmen pointed a gun point at her threatening to shoot her dead but she grabbed the gun and they used machete on her.

She stated that her daughter who rushed to rescue her was also attacked.

The victim recalled that in January this year, she complained to the leader of the Fulani herdsmen in Ofunwengbe community Alhaji Jubrin that her farm has been destroyed by herdsmen.

This, she said, led to the arrest of some of the herdsmen at the Police Divisional station in Okada town but one of the suspects, Alhaji Yellow, was later released.

According to her, “The policemen at the divisional station had visited the farm to witness the destruction and later conducted an identification parade of three elderly men which yielded no result.”

State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Babatunde Kokumo who confirmed the incident said that the command has commenced investigation into the matter.

He assured that justice would be done quickly in the case.

“The woman was brought before me today. We are looking into a way to ensure justice is done speedily.”

Courtesy: THE NATION

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