Suspected herdsmen invade Abia community, steal 30 cows

Sever hand of ranch attendant

RUSTLERS suspected to be herdmen, have invaded a private ranch in Ariam community in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State and carted away about 30 cows, community members have stated.

The thieves were said to have also severed a hand of the ranch attendant and had left the man in his agony as they made away with the cows.

Sources in the community told Tribune Online that the thieves had invaded the farm on Monday night and had perpetrated the crime unhindered.

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The owner of the ranch, Chief John Ekeleme, who confirmed the incident while reacting to it via the telephone, said the farm attendant “is recuperating in the hospital.”

Chief Ekeleme added that the incident has been reported to the police.

Ekeleme said that was all he could tell of the incident, for now, saying “I’m currently outside the state and until I visit and get the full details of what happened, I’m sorry I can’t say much about the incident.”