Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki this evening, visited Eko-Ewu community, Etsako local government area, where Fulani herdsmen raped and murdered two women.
It was reported that he arrived the home of the deceased some few minutes past 5pm where he met the family of the late victim.
Representing the family, Mr. Cyril Ikhajigbe from Oko-Ojeme explained what transpired on the day of the attack.
“Our mother went to farm in the morning when the Fulani herdsmen raped her and murdered her. When we found her, she was covered with blood. We had to check the body to confirm she was the one.”
“From what we saw, she was dragged to the place we found her stark naked – dead. It is pathetic”.
“This has never happened in Ewu land, Esan. All our hope and security is in God’s hands.”, he lamented.
He also expressed his gratitude to the Governor for his condolence visit.
“We are happy that you are here. We are afraid of our lives. We’ve been living with Hausa people here for over 30 years but since this Fulani herdsmen got here, they’ve been causing trouble. They settle in the bush and they’ve been causing problem here. We don’t farm again, people are afraid and have abandoned their farms because they don’t know who is next. We are all living in fear because of the Fulani herdsmen some people have even moved away from their homes, these people can come anytime in the night to wreck havoc. he laments.”
Governor Obaseki responded;
“It is a tragic and sad situation. What has happened here is a national problem, we have discussed it at the FEC. This is a real national security threat. These are not just Fulani herdsmen, they are Boko Haram terrorists. Fulani herdsmen don’t carry arms, someone who depends on livestock for his livelihood will not leave it to go carry arms and hurt people.”
Obaseki assures them;
“We will do all we can to make sure this does not happen again. We need you to help us with information. We will make sure we put an end to this.
We will do all we can to support you and send you assistance. Let us know how we can help you.
We have stepped up security in this area; we are having another security meeting next Tuesday to finalise our decisions
I’ll be in Abuja tomorrow, I’ll talk to the Inspector General of police. The vigilantes should also help us with information.”
The governor also visited the family of the second victim, Mrs Matina Emonyon.
Her husband narrated the incidence;
“I met her on the ground naked. A rope was on her neck. They dragged her about a meter. It was after we had identified her that someone alerted us that there was another victim.”
Governor Obaseki said;
“The youth should please help us with on any suspicious activities”
Prior to his visit to the families of the deceased, Governor Obaseki was at the hospital to visit the victims of the Fulani herdsmen and indigene clash.
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