Suspected herdsmen last Saturday allegedly attacked a farmer, identified as Mr Aji Mbaba, on his farm at Ogale community in the Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State and inflicted machete cuts on him.
Narrating his ordeal on a hospital bed, Mbaba said his attackers were three in number and appeared like cattle rearers.
Mbaba stated that he was on his way home after he had finished harvesting corn and other crops from his farm when the suspected herdsmen emerged from the bush and stopped him.
He said, “That day, I went to my farm to harvest corn and other crops which I arranged on my motorcycle.
“I had just gone some metres from my farm when I saw three herdsmen who came out from another farm with sticks and machetes in their hands.
“Two of them hit their sticks on my chest and I fell down; the trio then started hitting my head with their machetes.
“I cried for help; I tried to run but I fell down. They caught me and continued cutting my head. I struggled with them and ran again but they continued cutting every part of my body.
“I don’t know how God did it but I escaped from them. I ran to the road where I saw a motorcycle that took me to the hospital where I am now.”
Mbaba stated that he had not been able to stand up or talk for six days after the incident, adding that he suffered pain in his chest and every part of his body.
“I have not stood up from here (hospital bed) since last week; this is where they bathe and feed me. I have not seen my motorcycle till now; maybe they (suspected herdsmen) took it away,” he said.
The victim called on the King of Eleme Kingdom, Emere Obele; the Paramount Ruler of Ogale Community, Chief Bebe Okpabi; and the Eleme LGA Chairman, Mr Philip Okparaji, for support.
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