A 58-year-old farmer from Otuoke Group, in Ogbia Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State, Mr. Goodhead Nation, has revealed how he and his 18-year-old son escaped demise from a lethal assault by an unidentified Fulani herder.
The assault, which reportedly occurred on Friday night, and presently producing stress in Yenagoa, the state capital, nearly left the 18-year-old boy merely recognized as Samuel useless.
DAILY POST gathered that the sufferer, Samuel Nation, who was attacked with a machete, inflicting grievous accidents on his fingers and head over an allegation of a lacking cow, underwent 4 hours of surgical procedure on the emergency ward of the Federal Medical Centre (FMC).
The daddy, Goodhead Nation, reportedly escaped the assault with heavy bruises within the left hand.
In response to him, “I and my son had been within the farm working when considered one of these cow herders approached me and requested the place considered one of his cows was. I used to be shocked and I answered that I don’t know what he was speaking about, and determined to proceed what I used to be doing; the subsequent factor I heard was successful with a stick on my again, I turned and defended with my hand and he hit me once more however when he observed my little son was operating to go increase alarm, he left me and chased after him.
“I couldn’t transfer quicker so I trailed him slowly, on reaching a distance I noticed my son on the ground within the pool of his blood, I rapidly moved round and noticed another individuals working within the farm, so I cried out for assist, that was how we managed to maneuver him to the river aspect the place we used a neighborhood canoe to deliver him again to Otuoke city for emergency therapy.”
Mr. Nation, who was stuffed with tears whereas narrating his ordeal when DAILY POST visited them on the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, mentioned “we obtained to the hospital at midnight of Saturday however we had been simply attended to this Sunday afternoon, I don’t have a dine on me, I don’t need my son to die.”
Reacting to the event, the spokesman of the Ijaw Youths Council (IYC), Comrade Ebilade Ekerefe, who visited the sufferer on the hospital, expressed disappointment over the incident.
“This exhibits the intent was to kill the boy, as a result of it isn’t the primary time we obtained data on circumstances of herdsmen terrorising our communities; as Ijaw individuals contemplating the temper of the nation in the intervening time, we don’t need reprisal to occur. We wish to imagine it’s an remoted case, and we additionally wish to imagine it’s not meant to trigger a disaster within the state. We’ll proceed to seek the advice of with our leaders and different safety brokers.
“Let me say, this isn’t the primary time this sort of incident occurred. However this one is simply too many. Contemplating the temper of the nation, the Ijaw Youths mustn’t perform reprisal assaults. It’s an remoted assault. We don’t wish to imagine that the assault was deliberate.
“We wish to name on safety businesses to arrest the perpetrator. If the perpetrator will not be arrested, it would present that it was deliberate. The Hausa/Fulani Group in Bayelsa ought to present sympathy with the sufferer by guaranteeing the perpetrator is arrested. We don’t wish to pre-empt anybody. They need to come out to exonerate themselves.
“Ijaw youths ought to brace up and defend their clans in opposition to any type of enemy assaults. The Ijaw Youths ought to welcome peace loving individuals and defend themselves in opposition to any type of threats”.
In his transient comment, the Chairman Ijaw Youth Council, Central Zone, Comrade Intelligent Inodu, expressed grief on what he described as “undue invasion on harmless residents”, noting that the council feels the ache of the victims and can do one thing concerning the incident.
He appealed to the individuals of the state to stay peaceable and never take legal guidelines into their fingers, assuring that the management of the state was already on prime of the state of affairs.
“Ijaw individuals are very hospitable, we is not going to recognize if the love we present to others is thwarted by incidents like this, we’re already setting modalities and plans to make sure such menace don’t occur once more,” he mentioned.
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