Graphic Photos: Herdsman Kill 65-Year-Old-Man In Imo
A 65-year-old -man, Mazi Ozoemena Iriaka, was allegedly killed yesterday by herdsmen, in Umuekpu-Agwa, Oguta Local Government Area (LGA), Imo State.
Distraught villagers who converged at the scene of the incident said the killing has been going on for some time as the bandits threaten to attack the community and their farmland again.
The community maintained that this was aside from constant threat to life encountered by indigenes who farm in their land on a daily basis.
It was gathered that Police officers at Mgbala Police Division, Oguta, and some personnel of the Nigerian Army arrived the scene after the killers had fled, and carried the body of the butchered farmer.
Agwa, a community known for farming is located within the oil-rich region of the state which contributes to the food security of the state.
Several communities are currently battling with the constant threat of herdsmen.
Sources said Akabo, Izombe, Okwukwu, Ejemekwuru, Amafor, Obibi, Amakohia and Egbeme, all in Imo state, have witnessed rise in herdsmen attacks including the alleged killing of a couple last week.
Speaking to newsmen in the wake of the attack which occurred in the early hours of yesterday, a witness (name withheld) said, the incident has thrown the whole community into fear and chaos considering the spate of murder going on in the country by different men of the underworld.
Narrating the unfortunate incident, Mr Austin Onyeoma (a resident) said after destruction of their crops by herder’s cattle, the community has been dragged into an economic quagmire, subjecting them to excruciating pains during this pandemic.
He said, having heard the herdsmen were on their farmland in the early hour of the yesterday, they matched to the location to know the rationale for their invasion only for the bandits to attack them with AK-47.
According to him: “When we got to our farmland where their Cattle were devouring our crops which we invested so much, we engaged them on a conversation only for them to start shooting at us with their AK-47.
“In the process, they shot Mazi Iriaka and slit his back neck after we ran for dear life. I have never seen this in my entire life where people can no longer farm on their land to survive because of threats from herdsmen considering the lockdown.”
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