Rivers community witnesses herdsmen attack, one kidnapped

Residents of Ihuoba community in the Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State are reported to have become the latest victims of the persistent herdsmen attack which has left havoc in its wake across various region of the country.

The latest attack, said to have happened on Thursday, according to a source was carried out by a group of men suspected to be herdsmen.

The source from the area told Southern City News on Sunday, a farmer identified as Edith Lawrence was kidnapped, when some she and other women raised alarm over the invasion of their farms by the herdsmen.

Several others sustained various degrees of injury as a result of the attack on the inhabitants of the community by the herdsmen who were armed with daggers, bow and arrows.

"The herdsmen allowed their cows to roam into people's farms and when the women, who were working in their farms, saw what was happening, they began to shout and called people to help them."

"The herdsmen attacked some of the people that came to the place. Community people were attacked with daggers, bows and arrows. Many were injured. One of the farmers, Blessing Chimele, was injured."

"Also, one woman (Edith Lawrence) was kidnapped by the herdsmen. As we speak, there is no news about the woman's whereabouts. She has not been released," the source, who simply identified himself as James, added.

Another member of the community said, "Some women were rushed to the hospital after the attack. They (women) have gone to some of our leaders, telling them that the herdsmen were feeding their cattle with crops from their farms."

"These herdsmen attacked the community people with arrows and dagger. Now, we have yet to get the number of people that were attacked because some people ran into the bush. We are still searching."

The women, according to James, later staged a peaceful protest along the East-West Road axis of Ahoada East, calling for the release of the kidnapped farmer.

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