A 58-year-old farmer from Otuoke Neighborhood, in Ogbia Native Authorities Space of Bayelsa State, Mr. Goodhead Nation, has revealed how he and his 18-year-old son escaped loss of life 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, virtually left the 18-year-old boy merely recognized as Samuel lifeless.
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 accordance with him, “I and my son have been within the farm working when certainly one of these cow herders approached me and requested the place certainly 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 seen my little son was operating to go elevate alarm, he left me and chased after him.
“I couldn’t transfer sooner so I trailed him slowly, on reaching a distance I noticed my son on the ground within the pool of his blood, I shortly 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 an area canoe to convey him again to Otuoke city for emergency remedy.”
Mr. Nation, who was stuffed with tears whereas narrating his ordeal when DAILY POST visited them on the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, stated “we obtained to the hospital at midnight of Saturday however we have 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’s not the primary time we obtained info on instances of herdsmen terrorising our communities; as Ijaw individuals contemplating the temper of the nation for the time being, we don’t need reprisal to occur. We need to imagine it’s an remoted case, and we additionally need to imagine it’s not supposed to trigger a disaster within the state. We are going to 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 shouldn’t perform reprisal assaults. It’s an remoted assault. We don’t need to imagine that the assault was deliberate.
“We need to name on safety businesses to arrest the wrongdoer. If the wrongdoer is just not arrested, it’ll present that it was deliberate. The Hausa/Fulani Neighborhood in Bayelsa ought to present sympathy with the sufferer by guaranteeing the wrongdoer is arrested. We don’t need to pre-empt anybody. They need to come out to exonerate themselves.
“Ijaw youths ought to brace up and defend their clans towards any type of enemy assaults. The Ijaw Youths ought to welcome peace loving individuals and defend themselves towards any type of threats”.
In his temporary 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 in regards to the incident.
He appealed to the individuals of the state to stay peaceable and never take legal guidelines into their arms, assuring that the management of the state was already on high of the state of affairs.
“Ijaw individuals are very hospitable, we won’t respect 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 stated.