Herds­man loses arm over farm dis­pute

Daily Trust - - CRIME - By Foluke Ojumu

A farmer, Jonathan Isi­aka, is be­ing re­manded in po­lice cus­tody for al­legedly cut­ting off the arm of one Ab­du­lahi Is­mail, a Fu­lani herds­man over farm dis­pute.

A wit­ness who pleaded anonymity said he was at Life Camp by Gwarimpa round­about when he saw a Fu­lani herds­man with his cat­tle graz­ing on a farm.

“The owner of the farm came to­wards the Fu­lani man and started quar­relling with him, ask­ing him why he brought his cat­tle into his farm to dam­age his crops. They were both shout­ing at each other, and sud­denly, the Fu­lani man hit the owner of the farm on the head with a cut­lass, fol­low­ing which he sus­tained a lit­tle in­jury,” the wit­ness said.

He fur­ther said the farm owner an­grily col­lected the cut­lass from the herds­man and stabbed him at the back and cut off his arm. I im­me­di­ately alerted other peo­ple around the area when I saw that the dis­pute be­tween them was get­ting out of hand.

The wit­ness said the farm owner was held down by sym­pa­thiz­ers while the Fu­lani herds­man lay help­lessly on the ground.

The po­lice ar­rived at the scene, ar­rested the farm owner and took him to the Life Camp Po­lice Di­vi­sion, while the herds­man was rushed to the Na­tional Hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

A po­lice source from the Life Camp Di­vi­sion con­firmed that the sus­pect is still in their cus­tody and would soon be trans­ferred to the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion Depart­ment for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

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