Following the attack by Fulani herdsmen on Monday last week in Ebonyi State, a lady who survived the attack and barely escaped with her life revealed her encounter with Fulani herdsmen as she was interviewed by the press. The lady identified as Mrs. Ngozi Odo-Abuchi is a 49-year-old widow and a graduate of the National Teachers Institute. She works in the Education Department of the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
She explained that she took an Okada on her way back home from where she came from, the Okada was to take her from Nkalagu Junction to her hometown Obeagu. On their way going, after they have passed the junction of Egedegede and halfway into the town. The okada rider was on top speed, he wasn’t suspecting anything would happen and he didn’t quickly notice the men putting on black who swooped on them, dragged them into the bush, and started beating them.
She said they were kicking and beating them with machetes after which they killed the okada rider. She said they captured other people along with her; they killed all the men and tortured the women with their weapons. She said some of the attackers took the nose and hands of the men which they killed. She said they were the first people they attacked before capturing other motorcycles, killing the males, and torturing the females.
She said she was seriously praying and calling on God, they told her to shut up but she kept on praying. She said one of them stabbed her with a dagger, the leader shouted at him not to touch the women so that they will go and tell their people that this is the consequence of chasing Fulani herdsmen out of their community.
He said they will take their message to Nnamdi Kanu that his Biafra and IPOB cannot stop them from operating in the South-East and South-South. He claimed all the heads of security agencies are their people and if they attack any Fulani person the government security agencies which are controlled by their people will go after them while they will come for retaliation. He said they will continue to do what they know best while Nnamdi Kanu rants on social media.
She said they collected all their money, phones, bags, and every valuable item with them. They also burnt the motorcycles of the people they killed. She said the abductors were more than 20 and they were all bearing Ak-47 rifles. They abducted them around 6 pm and they held them captive till nightfall.
She said the attackers told them that they are Fulani herdsmen and their attack on them is a parting gift. She said the herdsmen were told to leave their community as their cows kept killing their crops. Or does it mean that they harvest their yams and cassava just to feed Fulani cows, she said that this action has resulted in hunger in the land. She said because of that Fulani herders were asked to leave so their people can go back to their farming work.
She said Fulani herdsmen told them that they are taking their lives as payback for their cows that they killed. They said any community in the south that killed their cows or attack a Fulani, the people in charge of security agencies in their community will make sure it is paid for and if not they would attack the community.
When she was asked about the language which they speak, she said they spoke Pidgin English to them and communicated within themselves with their language. She said when they noticed the herdsmen weren’t close by, they ran into the bush and hide behind trees as they were running. She said they spent the night at the bush before they were rescued by some villagers the next day.