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Police arraign herdsman over attempted murder

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By Ugochukwu Alaribe

ABA—The Abia State Police Command has arraigned a Fulani herdsman, Salisu Garuba, for the attempted murder of a woman, Esther Ibemecha.

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Garuba was arrested for cutting off Ibemecha’s four fingers at No 1 Pepples Road, Ogbor Hill, Aba, over alleged disagreement.

According to Ibemecha, trouble started when she asked the suspect to move his cattle away from her business premises where she sells drinks.

Confirming the arraignment of the suspect, Police Public Relations Officer, Abia State Command, SP Geoffrey Ogbonna said he was arraigned for murder and was later remanded.

Ibemecha, who is currently receiving treatment at the Abia State University Teaching, ABSUTH, Aba, said she runs a beer parlour and hails from Asaga in Ohafia council area of Abia State.

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She pleaded for justice to be done and urged the government to come to her aid to offset her hospital bills.

Narrating how she cheated death in the hands of the herdsman at the hospital, Ibemecha said: “On Sunday March 31, at 4:37pm, I was going to my shop at No.1 Peoples Road, Ogbor Hill.

“I couldn’t pass or enter my shop because a herdsman with his cows blocked the way. I asked the herdsman to move the cows out of the shop area but the herdsman threatened to cut off my head. I thought it was a joke and insisted that the herdsman move his cow, but without a word, the herdsman hit me with a stick. As if that was not enough, he brought out a machete, trying to cut off my head. I defended it with my hand and it cut off my four fingers. People were not around.

“When the herdsman saw that my cry has attracted attention, he ran away. I pursued him with  blood flowing from my fingers and was shouting. I ran to the military checkpoint near the area and reported the incident and the soldiers went after him and arrested him and later handed him to the police.”

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