Suspected herdsmen operating within Alifikede in Agbor axis, Delta state have allegedly raped three Garri sellers in the area, while three farmers were said to have been feared killed during a clash with the suspects on Sunday. It was reliably gathered that the Garri sellers were allegedly attacked in their various farm lands on Saturday by the suspected herdsmen numbering six armed with dangerous weapons.
One of the victims, Mercy (surname name removed) told our reporter that the suspects closed in on them during night fall while they were preparing to return to their houses after harvesting cassava to be prepared for Garri the following day.
Her words: “The men with cutlasses swooped on us, ordered us to open our legs under serious threats and we obeyed,” adding that they disappeared immediately to the bush after they were sexually embarrassed.
But the policemen in Agbor Police Division, who did not want their names in print, said they were investigating the attack on the Garri women sellers.
Investigation revealed that those who were feared killed were said to have been attacked by the suspected herdsmen in their farm lands after a prolonged verbal crossfire.
Eyewitness account said that the suspects inflicted machetes cuts on the victims’ bodies, and they were taken to the hospital by some farmers who heard their shots during the melee, unfortunately nobody could confirm their stay alive. Though there has been hue and cry of crops destruction by cows owned by the herdsmen.
An elder states man in the community, Chief Andrew Mofomwan said; we need the FG’s attention, our crops are completely destroyed, our women raped almost on daily basis, nobody goes to the farm lands for fear of the herdsmen, we are hungry, we need urgent attention” in a swift reaction, the state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, said the menace of the herdsmen would soon become a history in the state and appealed to the leadership of the cattle rearers to ensure the safety of persons in their host communities.
With palpable tension and fear of the unknown hanging in the air at the community, a group of Garri Sellers in the area yesterday rained curses on the masterminds of the herdsmen who they described operate in horrendous manners.
Displaying visible anger, the women said; we suffer to feed our families through the sale of Garri we uproot from our farms, besides, they (herdsmen) have been making us to commit abomination as they rape us” on a telephone chat, the police Image Maker in the state, Mr. Andrew Aniamaka however assured residents of the state and the community of the police protection of lives and properties, but denied knowledge of the attack on the victims and their alleged killing