A woman has been raped and beheaded by suspected Fulani herdsmen at Ekpoma, Esan West local government area of Edo State. The name of the latest victim of herdsmen killings was given as Margaret Udiamehi. The decapitated body of the victim was found on Tuesday night by a search party after she failed to return home from the farm. It was the following morning, (Wednesday) that the police discovered at a different location her severed head.
This has been confirmed by the Divisional Police Officer in Ekpoma, SP Franklin Akanonu. He assured that the killers would be apprehended.
Irked by the bestial killing, women in the locality took to the streets of Ekpoma, demanding expulsion of all herdsmen from the village and environs.
The protesters went to the palace of Onojie of Ekpoma and the Divisional Police headquarters to express their anger.
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, one of the women, whosimply gave her name as Grace, said they were tired of watching strangers destroy their crops, rape and kill women in the village. On behalf of her fellow women, she called for government protection to enable them go to the farm.
Mr. Akanonu assured the women to calm down, as justice would be served. He asked the women to furnish the police with information that would help apprehend those behind the killing.
The protesting women had recounted how the woman had earlier escaped from the herdsman who had taken her cutlass after pursuing her without success.
Daughter of the deceased, who did not give her name, said her mother left for farm in the morning and did not return home which necessitated the search party.
According to her, they searched through the night before her headless body was discovered at about 2am.
Meanwhile, policemen have been deployed to the Ujuelen camp of Fulani herdsmen to protect them from any possible reprisal attacks.
The raping and beheading of women on their own farmland is a new alarming dimension to the menace of killings by Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria.