A woman identified as Cordelia Utazi, was allegedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on her farmland at Ugwujoro Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
According to reports, Cordelia who was popularly known as Oyee Eze, who was weeding with her daughter in her farm on Monday, October 18, was attacked by herdsmen who shot her and afterwards butchered her.
It was said that the deceased daughter called out to her mother to run when she sighted to herdsmen and noticed they were heading towards their direction.
She fled immediately to the village to alert the villagers who went with her back to the farm but before they could get there, she was already dead.
“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 source narrated.
“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.
Daniel Ndukwe, the Spokesperson of Enugu State Police Command, confirmed the incident and said that investigations are ongoing to fish out the hoodlums who allegedly murdered the farmer.
“Investigation has been launched to fish out the hoodlums, alleged to have murdered a middle-aged woman in Ugwujoro Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani LGA in the afternoon hours of 18/10/2021. Further development will be communicated,” he said.
However, 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” he said.
While he defended his members, he also added that not every herdsman seen in the bush is a member of MACBAN.