Herdsman in Bauchi chops off hand of farmer over cattle

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By SUZAN EDEH, Bauchi

A farmer, Mallam Sani Abubakar who is a resident of Maduba Village of Zaki local government area of Bauchi state had his right hand severed from its wrist following an aftermath of a heated argument that ensued between him and a herdsman over cattle  grazing on his farm.

It was gathered that the unfortunate incident occured when the victim who happens to be the owner of the farm attempted to drive away the cattle  from his farm which made the herdsman to pick an offence over his action.

It was in the course of the heated argument that the herdsman used a cutlass in his possession and severed the right hand of Malam Sani.

Narrating his ordeal to newsmen while recuperating at Hadeja General Hospital in Zaki local government, Mallam Sani said that on that fateful day, he discovered that some cattle  belonging to a herdsman who is a son to one Alhaji Gainako Bayaro were grazing on his farm.

He said that the herdsman did not make any move to drive his flocks out of the farm and when he attempted to drive them away, it resulted to a heated argument between him and the herdsman.

According to Sani,“the herdsman hit me twice with the flat side of his cutlass and then struck again with an extra force that cut off my right hand from the wrist as I also had to protect my face from sustaining any futher injury. When he discovered the magnitude of his offence, he panicked and escaped. Although the herdman is at large, the brother of the herdsman is in police custody to assist in tracing his whereabout.”

He demanded for justice  and called on the state government  to assist him financially as he is incapacited at the moment.

Meanwhile, the Fulani youth in Tashena District of the local government area have been prohibited  from  carrying weapons in public places.

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