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Police deny herdsmen link to teenager’s attack

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By Ruth Oginyi

The Ebonyi state police command has dismissed speculations that suspected Fulani herdsmen were behind the machete attack on a teenage girl at Amaeze, Ishiagu community in Ivo local government area of the state last Tuesday.

The victim, simply identified as Chinenye, was attacked by machete-wielding hoodlums who also ran away with the bag of fertiliser she was taking to their rice farm in the area. Luck, however, smiled on the victim when some youths from the area found her in a pool of her blood and rushed her to nearby hospital for medical attention.

Reacting to the incident, the police public relations officer in the state, DPS Loveth Odah debunked the rumours that the girl was attacked Fulani herders.

Odah disclosed that the victim, after regaining her consciousness, told police that the people that attacked her spoke the local dialect.

“She was not attacked by Fulani herdsmen. According to the DPO of the area, the attack was carried out by some men suspected to be from Ezza. They look like they went to till soil and were going home, according to the lady.

She told police that she greeted them after which one of the men attacked her with a machete, inflicting a cut on her head and neck, making her unconscious as they ran away with her fertiliser, implying that they were hoodlums who came to steal her fertliser, not Fulani herdsmen.”

According to Odah, “The lady is alive; she can talk very well.”

Okoro Emeigha, commissioner for security and boarder peace in the state also said that the girl was still alive and that she was attacked by people who spoke the Izzi dialect.

“The battle was between her and the people only. What we want is for her to survive. The governor has directed the local government chairman and the coordinator there to take the girl to a teaching hospital in Enugu.”

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