A suspected Fulani herdsman was reported to have beheaded a woman in Delta community while two others sustained different types of injuries in the process. It was learnt that the marauding Fulani herdsman initially wanted to rape the victims who had gone to fish at the Otu-Ngegu (Gulugulu) in Ajaji area, a quiet community of Delta state. While they refused him, he descended on them with a matchete.
“The women were fishing when the man wearing mask and dressed like Fulani herdsman emerged from the nearby bush and attacked them trying to rape them. “But they resisted which infuriated him as he brought out a sharp cutlass to cut the neck of one of the women. She died instantly. The assailant also descended on the two others but was unable to kill them. He however inflicted injuries on them,” an indigene of the community said.
The eyewitness added that the situation of things could have been worse if not for the timely intervention of the police as there was tension in the air, due to the murder carried out by the suspected Fulani herdsman. He said ran for their dear lives, because they never knew who could be attacked next.
The Sun newspaper learnt that the headless body of the woman was removed by the police, while the injured ones were taken to hospital for treatment.
DSP Celestina Kalu, Delta state police command public relations officer confirmed the dastardly act. On the hand, she said the suspected murderer was not a Fulani man nor a Fulani herdsman as earlier reported. She said ther assailant covered his face with a mask in order to perpetrate the inhumane act.
Kalu said: “Yes there was an attack but it was herdsmen because the attacker masked up. We are already on top of the situation and normalcy has been restored. The matter is under investigation.”
The police image maker in Delta state added that the murdered was actually a Hausa woman. She concluded that those who got injured were receiving treatment in a local hospital.