UGAGA Crisis: Father Of Seven Attacked By Fulani Herdsmen Says He Has Been Left To Suffer

In Breaking News, Health, Interviews

By Ogar Monday

54 year old Mr. Mathias Odey whose hand was chopped off by a herdsman on Sunday November 5, 2017 has said that he has been rendered helpless with no help coming from anywhere.

“When this happened, they were promises that the government will take care of my hospital bills and see to that I come back up again, but nothing of such has happened. I have been depending on the goodwill of family members,” said Mr. Odey who has spent the last four months in and out of hospitals both in Calabar, the Cross River State capital and in Ogoja local government area.

Odey who wonders what will become of him after this, as his hand, his primary tool for farming which has been his occupation is gone also narrated the incident again.

“I and my children were plucking pepper from one of my farms. We usually do this and call Calabar people that they are ready so they can come and get it,” he began.

He continued: “After finishing with the pepper I went inside to harvest yams, and after removing about four tubers of yams, we just saw Fulani people entering our farms, three of them with their cows, scattering the whole ridges,” which his son attempted to chase.

But, one of the herdsmen brought out a cutlass and went after the son. “He hit my son twice but didn’t injure him and I went after him,” said Mr. Odey who also disclosed that he decided to go after the herdsmen who, “suddenly turned and tried to cutoff my neck with the cutlass and I used my hand to defend myself and that was when it was chopped off.”

He added that he fell on the ground and called his children to come and help him and that in the process he became unconscious and woke up in the hospital.

The police had confirmed one dead with Governor Ben Ayade contemplating a controlled grazing law while an agreement was signed by the parties months later as reported by CrossRiverWatch.

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