Herdsman loses arm over farm dispute
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.