20170516

Married Woman R*ped By Herdsmen In Edo State After They Beat Up Her Husband

The manner some so called Herdsmen are operating with impunity is getting really worrisome. A woman was on Sunday r*ped by suspected herdsmen at a farm at Ubuneke-Ivbiaro community in Owan East local government area.

The woman was said to have been r*ped after the herdsmen beat up her husband while they were at the farm.

Husband of the r*ped victim who gave his name as Umoru Agunu said the armed herdsmen that attacked him and r*ped his wife were six.

According to him, “No sooner had I arrived at my farm with my wife than I saw six armed herdsmen demanding for my phone but when I told them I don’t have any they beat me up mercilessness and took my wife to a distant where she was r*ped by two of the men. They were also with a young woman who probably is their victim.

A leader in the community, Yakubu Ibrahim, said farmers in the village are living in fear of armed herdsmen who, he stated, have laid siege to the community.

Ibrahim said, “We have been under sieged by the activities of armed men since 2015. They have r*ped several of our married women, kidnapped and physically assaulted both male and female in the farms and while going and returning from markets.

“Many people have been kidnapped while several people were assaulted. Several millions of Nara have also been paid as ransom. Our people are now living in perpetual fears both in the farm and at home.

“We are agrarian communities known for the production of rice, cassava, cashew, cocoa, plantain, banana, palm oil among others. Since the taking over of the communities by these unknown gunmen it has been very difficult for us to go to farm and markets”, he said

Ibrahim said the Sunday r*pe incident have been reported to the area's Divisional Police Officer.

Another community leader, Yusuf Adamu, said some herdsmen who were arrested last year by volunteer vigilante group have been released for lack of evidence.