Herdsmen Rape Woman In Edo After Beating Her Husband In Their Farm




A married woman (names withheld) was on
Sunday raped by suspected herdsmen at a farm
at Ubuneke-Ivbiaro community in Owan East local
government area.
The woman was said to have been raped after
the herdsmen beat up her husband while they
were at the farm.
Husband of the raped victim who gave his name
as Umoru Agunu said the armed herdsmen that
attacked him and raped his wife were six.
According to him, “No sooner had I arrived at my
farm with my wife than I saw six armed
herdsmen demanding for my phone but when I
told them I don’t have any they beat me up
mercilessness and took my wife to a distant
where she was raped by two of the men. They
were also with a young woman who probably is
their victim.
A leader in the community, Yakubu Ibrahim, said
farmers in the village are living in fear of armed
herdsmen who, he stated, have laid siege to the
community.
Ibrahim said, “We have been under sieged by the
activities of armed men since 2015. They have
raped several of our married women, kidnapped
and physically assaulted both male and female in
the farms and while going and returning from
markets.
“Many people have been kidnapped while several
people were assaulted. Several millions of Nara
have also been paid as ransom. Our people are
now living in perpetual fears both in the farm and
at home.
“We are agrarian communities known for the
production of rice, cassava, cashew, cocoa,
plantain, banana, palm oil among others. Since
the taking over of the communities by these
unknown gunmen it has been very difficult for us
to go to farm and markets”, he said
Ibrahim said the Sunday rape incident have been
reported to the Divisional Police Officer in Afuze,
administrative headquarters of Owan East local
government area.
Another community leader, Yusuf Adamu, said
some herdsmen who were arrested last year by
volunteer vigilante group have been released for
lack of evidence.
Head of Owan East Local Government
Administration (HOLGA), Akeens Ade-Akhani said
the council was aware of the situation in the
area.
Akhani said, his administration have been
mobilizing men of the Nigeria police as well as
vigilantes to Ivbiaro- Auchi road.
He said the security challenges in Ivbiaro,
Warrake, Ihievbe and other parts of the local
government have been reported to the state
government.
“Yes the council is aware of the security
situation in Ivbiaro, Warrake and Ihievbe. It is not
only peculiar to these areas. Even in Lagos
where there is food security management there
is kidnapping, raping, stealing among others.
“The council is always mobilizing men of the
Nigeria police to Ivbiaro, Warrake and Afuze
roads to provide security in those areas. We also
empower the council vigilante group with the
necessary incentives and manpower to provide
security to our people.
“Though I am yet to get the recent attacked on
some persons at Ubuneke-Ivbiaro, but the
council will not relent in its responsibility to
ensure the provision of adequate security across
the local government area”, he stated.
Police spokesman, DSP Moses Nkombe, said he
was yet to get brief on the incident.

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