Suspected Fulani herdsmen hack a woman to death on her farm at Ugwujoro Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The woman who was identified as Cordelia Utazi, was allegedly shot and hacked to death when she was weeding her farm with her daughter, Onyinye, on Monday, October 18.
An eyewitness account reveal that the deceased’s daughter had drawn the attention of her late mother to the presence of the armed herdsmen but sensing they were going to be attacked, the young girl fled and alerted other villagers.
The source and other concerned residents evacuated the corpse to the Faith Foundation Hospital in Nsukka.
The source said:
“They were weeding in the farm when her daughter looked up and saw herdsmen with their cattle on their farm. The daughter, Onyinye, saw the herdsmen moving very fast towards their direction and took to her heels.”
“The mother, Cordelia Utazi, also wanted to run but the herdsmen shot her. When they got to where she was lying helpless, they used cutlass to cut off her hands. They equally used something to smash her skull. It was the daughter who ran to the village to inform others of what had happened to her mother
“In that state of confusion, the villagers rushed to the scene and discovered the woman in a pool of her blood. Before they could reach there, the herders had disappeared into nearby bushes with their cattle. It was a terrible incident in our community.
The South East Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, said his members were not responsible for the killing.
“There are no herdsmen at Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State as of today.”
While saying that those who carried out the attack are not members of his association, he added that not every herdsman seen in the bush is a member of MACBAN.