Cattle Rustling: Crisis Averted In Community Near Owerri

Squabbling herdsmen have left themselves injured as they fight over missing cows. A herdsman attempted to steal some cows after injuring a colleague.

Agbala in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State witnessed fight that left some fatally injured and are presently recuperating in hospital.

They are being treated at the emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri.

Eyewitness account says the situation would have led to an attack on the village if it was not witnessed by other herdsmen.

The source said: “What happened was that a herdsman went into the bush and stabbed his kinsman who was asleep. He left with his victim’s cows after he thought he was dead

“But another herdsman, who was also in the bush, alerted others who came to the forest and overpowered the culprit after stabbing him severally and thereafter recovered the stolen cows.

“It was villagers who alerted the police. The man was rescued and the two rushed to the emergency unit of FMC, Owerri.”

The source added that it would be a miracle if the two survive as their conditions were said to be critical.

The development caused heavy gridlock on the Owerri-Aba Road.

Imo Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu said the herdsmen were responding to treatment. According to him, policemen from the Agbala Police Division rushed the herdsmen to the hospital following a distress call from people.

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