• Tony Igele

Ekpoma Boils Over Alleged Killing of Woman by Herdsmen

Hell was let loose, yesterday, in Ekpoma community, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, when women stormed the streets, protesting the alleged beheading of a woman by Fulani herdsmen.

The woman, identified as Mrs Magaret Udiamehi, was said to have been murdered in her farm yesterday morning and her dismembered body found in different locations at the farm by the police.

When the information got to the community, the women, particularly those in the farms, stormed the streets in solidarity and equally stormed the palace of the Onojie of Ekpoma, HRH Anthony Ehizojie Abumere II, to register their displeasure over the development.

The angry women vowed never to fold their hands anymore and watch strangers come into their farms to kill their people and destroy their crops, adding that they were now afraid of going to their farms these days due to fear of being raped or killed.

The daughter of the deceased, who narrated their ordeal, said her mother left for the farm in the morning and did not return home, adding that it was when they became worried that the youths and elders of the community went in search of her in the farm only to discover that she had been beheaded.

The Divisional Police Officer at Ekpoma, Mr Franklin Akanonu, who confirmed the killing of the woman said they were almost giving up in the search for the deceased head before it was found at a different location from where the body was discovered.

He appealed to the protesters to cooperate with the police in fishing out those behind the wicked act through useful information.

However, the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr Philip Shaibu, was still at the community trying to pacify the aggrieved women at press time.

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