Fear grips Imo community as suspected Fulani herdsmen butcher farmer

The people of Obudi Agwa community in Oguta council area of Imo State have been gripped in tension after gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed an indigene of the community in his farm.

Our correspondent gathered that the victim, Elder Ozoemena Iriaka had gone to his farm in the morning hours when he saw Fulani herdsmen grazing their cattle on his farmland.

This however did not go down well with him as he was said to have asked them to leave his farm.

After unsuccessful appeal, the late Iriaka our correspondent gathered made efforts to chase away the cows, an action the killer cattle rearers found confrontational.

They reportedly launched an attack on him with their machetes, inflicting deep cuts on the back of his head as he tried to escape from them.

An indigene of the community, Mr Declan Odime Okaru, revealed that Elder Ozoemena Iriaka was attacked and killed by Fulani Herdsmen after he challenged for grazing their cows on his farm earlier Saturday.

He lamented that the herdsmen have been in the habit of grazing their cows on the farms of the community.

According to him, ‘Ozoemena Iriaka, who is one of the elders in this community, had gone to his farm and met the Fulani herdsmen grazing their cows on his farm, and when he tried to chase away the cows the herdsmen had attacked him and even when he tried to escape from the attack, they had chased after him and macheted him to death. The herdsmen inflicted a deep machete cut on the back of his head and even on his two hands and then ran away.

‘But when we got the report, the youths mobilized and in the process, we caught up with one of the fleeing herdsmen who we handed over to the Oguta Police division because we had restrained the angry youths not to take the law into their own hands.’

He added, ‘those herdsmen have been in the habit of grazing their cows on the farms of the people of this community and when the people challenge them they will attack you.’

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