The Ebonyi police command on Monday confirmed the death of four persons in an attack by herdsmen on Onunwakpu community in Izzi local government area of the state.
Loveth Odah, the state police public relations officer, told NAN that the dead included three natives of the community and a herdsman.
Odah disclosed that the incident had occurred when one of the victims had gone to tie down his cow inside his farm to feed it in the traditional way.
She said it was in the process of this that he had encountered herdsmen whose cows were also feeding inside the farm.
“We cannot ascertain what transpired between him and the herdsmen, but his shouts attracted fellow villagers who rushed to the scene to discover that his two hands had been severed,” Odah said.
“The ensuing altercation grew in intensity and security agencies immediately intervened to bring to normal the clash which also left many persons wounded.
“One of the herdsmen has been arrested by army personnel, and we assure the public that modalities would be put in place to ensure that such occurrence does not repeat itself.
“We call on members of the public not to panic over the incident and advise them not to engage herdsmen in physical fights but instead report disagreements to security agencies.”
A native of the area where the incident occurred, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, also corroborated the account given by the police.
He told NAN that his kinsman (one of the victims) had gone to feed his cow inside his farm and was attacked by herdsmen.
“He had to fetch grasses for his cow to feed and was appalled that the herdsmen’s cows were feeding on his crops which he laboured to plant,” the community member said.
“We heard his shouts and when we rushed to the scene, his two hands had been severed and the clash which resulted in the deaths ensued.
“This is our land and we are not going to leave it for any group of people, even at the risk of our lives.”
David Umahi, Ebonyi governor, had recently banned cows from feeding on farmlands in the state.
He had also announced that various forms of punishments await farmers and herdsmen who cause trouble in the state.
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Church Elder Found Dead In Guest House After Having Sex With A Member
An elder at the Ascension Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Koforidua was found dead in a room hours after he had lodged into a guest house at Aboabo, near Nkurakan in the Eastern Region, last Tuesday.
The 60-year-old man identified as William Osae-Ansah , who is also a treasurer at the church, was alleged to have checked into the Susu Sei Me Guest House about 9.30 a.m. with a 40-year-old woman, also a member of his church.
According to workers at the Guest House, they received the shock of their lives when the woman who accompanied the church elder into the hotel room rushed to the reception some few minutes later to report that her partner was unresponsive.
They said the Church elder was found naked and lifeless in the hotel room after engaging in hot intimacy with the lady whose identity wasn’t revealed.
Confirming the incident, the Eastern Regional Police Public Relations Officer, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Ebenezer Tetteh , said the owner of the guest house, Mr. William Adu Afari , alerted the Police about the shocking occurrence.
Ebenezer confirmed that the lady who accompanied the man was arrested and released after a post-mortem conducted on Osae-Ansah by the Koforidua Central Hospital revealed that he died of cardiac arrest and hypertension during the alleged sex act.
The body of the late Osea-Ansah has been deposited at the Koforidua Regional Hospital morgue , while all the money he had with him belonging to the Church has been retrieved by the Police for safekeeping, according to Graphic Ghana
Doctor Slaps And Flogs Nurse, Orders Her To Kneel Down
A doctor in the Lekki area of Lagos State, Dr Emmanuel Okolo, has been accused of brutalising a nurse, Dorcas Adeyera. The incident happened at the Awoyaya Hospital and Maternity Centre, Ibeju Lekki.
Sources gathered that Okolo and Adeyera’s misunderstanding stemmed from the treatment of a patient rushed into the medical facility in the early hours of Monday.
Okolo was alleged to have frowned on the admission of the accident victim without his consent, blaming Adeyera for the action.
The medical doctor allegedly summoned the 23-year-old into his office and ordered her to kneel down. When the victim refused, 35-year-old Okolo was alleged to have dealt her several slaps and also flogged her with a belt.
Adeyera, in her report to the medical director of the hospital, said she was humiliated by Okolo.
The report read in part, “Around 2am, there was an emergency outside the hospital. I stepped out to have a clear look at the patient, who was said to have been involved in an accident and already fractured a bone in his left leg.
“The patient was conscious and alert; no obvious respiratory distress, but seemed to be in severe pain. I went back inside the hospital to notify the doctor on call, Dr Okolo Emmanuel, and immediately went back to move the patient inside the hospital.
“On getting there, I noticed that my colleague, who is a registered nurse and midwife, had already offered the patient a stretcher and the man’s relatives were trying to get the patient on it.
Then, I noticed that the patient and his relatives were Hausas, and the people that brought him in a car were just helpers. Immediately they dropped the patient on the stretcher, they zoomed off.
“Back inside the hospital, Dr Okolo, who had been to the emergency room, saw the patient being carried towards him. He suddenly got angry and asked why the nurse didn’t allow him to see the patient first before bringing him into the hospital.
He pointed at me, blaming me for it and said I should get out of his sight, which I did immediately; only for him to get angrier and ordered the patient to be taken out of the hospital as he was not ready to attend to him.”
The Ife, Osun State indigene, said the doctor instructed her to ensure the order was carried out. Adeyera said she left for the pharmacy after asking the patient to leave the premises.
“I left for the pharmacy with the hope that the patient’s relatives will source a means of leaving, only for the doctor to come in a few minutes later and dragged me into his office.
“I was shocked and tried to remove my hands from his hold; but he was too fierce. “In his office, he told me to get down on my knees (kneel down) to which I declined as it was against the ethics of my profession to do that in uniform. He gave me the first hard slap and repeated his order; I refused and called my colleague for help.
“I tried to get out of his office, but he dragged me back and reached for his belt and started flogging me until the security men and my colleague came and tried to hold him. He said I was rude and he was not my age-mate.
“I tried explaining to the security men what had happened, but he did not allow me to speak out. He reached for the sphygmomanometer and was about using it to hit my head when the security men took it from his hand and another round of slaps on my cheeks followed. This time around, I fell on the floor and he started punching me,” she added.
The nurse, who spoke to Sources on Thursday, said she reported the case to the police at the Elemoro division, adding that she was treated at the Epe General Hospital.
She said Okolo had yet to report at the hospital since she reported to the police. Our correspondent gathered that the police dropped an invitation letter for the doctor at the hospital.
Okolo, when contacted on the telephone, declined comment. “I cannot speak right now; I am with my lawyers,” he said.
He ignored subsequent calls to the telephone line and did not respond to a text message from our correspondent.
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