By Emeka Mamah
Enugu—There is tension at Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, following reports that a Fulani herdsman, cut off five fingers of a farmer, identified as Ndubueze Oboro in the area.
Oboro was in a bush at Ozalla in the area when the unidentified Fulani herdsman accosted him and gave him a deep cut on his back shoulder with his machete, before cutting off his five fingers.
The state Police Spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu declined comments on the issue saying that he was attending a course at Abuja.
However, other police sources confirmed the incident, adding that the victim was attacked at about 1.30pm. The victim is now at the UNTH. Three of his fingers were cut off from the right hand while two were cut off from the left hand.
“We were at the market square at about 1.30pm when we were alerted that Oboro was attacked by an unidentified Fulani herdsman in the bush. When we rushed there, we saw Oboro in serious pains as his five fingers had been cut off apart from the deep cut on the back of his shoulder.
“The suspect had eloped soon after committing the offence but as the victim was about to be taken to hospital, irate youths sighted one Abdulrahman Usman another Fulani herdsman passing-by and pushed him down, inflicting injury on his head.
“However, Usman was immediately rescued together with another Fulani who was released to go home, while Oboro and Usman were taken to hospital for treatment,” the police sources said in Enugu, yesterday evening.
Saturday Vanguard learnt that police men at Ozalla had already visited the scene of the crime and recovered two of Oboro’s severed fingers and deposited them at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Ituku -Ozolla, for preservation while investigations into the incident had commenced.