Rivers community in disarray as herdsmen strike; allegedly abduct one woman
– Suspected herdsmen struck a community in Rivers state, abducting one woman and injuring many others
– The herdsmen reportedly attacked some inhabitants of the community with daggers, bows and arrows before leaving with the kidnapped woman
– According to a resident of the area identified as Dorathy Ifeanyi, the herdsmen also attacked neighbouring villages
A farmer identified as Edith Lawrence was reportedly abducted by suspected herdsmen in Ihuoba community, Ahoada-East local government area of Rivers state on Thursday, May 31.
According to Punch, quoting Southern City News, the hoodlums also inflicted injury on several persons, including another farmer, Blessing Chimele.
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learnt that some women had raised the alarm after the herdsmen led their cattle into the victim’s farm. After they did so, one of them was kidnapped while others were injured.
Before they made away with Blessing, the herdsmen reportedly attacked some inhabitants of the community with daggers, bows and arrows.
A source who identified himself as James stated: “The herdsmen allowed their cows to roam into people’s farms and when the women, who were working in their farms, saw what was happening, they began to shout and called people to help them.
“The herdsmen attacked some of the people that came to the place. Community people were attacked with daggers, bows and arrows. Many were injured. One of the farmers, Blessing Chimele, was injured.
“Also, one woman (Edith Lawrence) was kidnapped by the herdsmen. As we speak, there is no news about the woman’s whereabouts. She has not been released.”
He further explained that after the incident, some of the inhabitants of the community, mostly women, embarked on a peaceful protest along the East-West Road axis of Ahoada East, calling for the release of the kidnapped woman.
Another community member stated: “Some women were rushed to the hospital after the attack. They (women) have gone to some of our leaders, telling them that the herdsmen were feeding their cattle with crops from their farms.
“These herdsmen attacked the community people with arrows and dagger. Now, we have yet to get the number of people that were attacked because some people ran into the bush. We are still searching.”
According to another resident of the area identified as Dorathy Ifeanyi, the herdsmen also attacked neighbouring villages.
She said: “They broke my pot and the maize I bought for N16,000 were destroyed.”