Women protest alleged rape of 70-year-old widow by herdsman

Women protesting the rape of a 70 year old woman in Ebonyi

The women of Isu in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State on Wednesday stormed Abakaliki protesting the activities of herdsmen in the area.

Scores of women carried placards with different inscriptions such as “Fulanis have destroyed all our crops and polluted our rivers and ponds,’ ‘Fulanis have humiliated us.’

They alleged that one of the herdsmen raped a 70-year-old widow to coma.

According to the leader of the protesters, Florence Okoro, the herdsman sneaked into the old widow’s house while she was preparing her evening meal and raped her.

Ms. Okoro, who added that the hands and legs of the old widow were broken in the process, appealed to the state government and security agencies to come to their aid.

Addressing the women at the Fatilami Abubakar Park, Abakaliki, the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Augustine Nwankwegu, condemned the rape of the woman and the destruction of the farmlands by the herdsmen.

Mr. Nwankwegu assured them that the government would take decisive action against the perpetrators of the crimes.

He told them that Governor David Umahi had directed that the culprit be fished out and made to face the full weight of the law.

He said Mr. Umahi had always emphasised the need for peaceful coexistence.

“Governor has heard this and asked me to look for a way to catch the man(rapist) so that he would be punished accordingly,” he said.

“We have gone to the police and they told us they were on the way to bring him(rapist) to Abakaliki.

“I’m promising you that by Monday, he would be arraigned in court. You will come and see him because what he has done is wrong. The governor supports live and let live,” the commissioner said.

On his part, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Emmanuel Okorie, frowned at the activities of the herdsmen in the area, promising that the right thing would be done to serve as a deterrent to others.

“It’s annoying that the Fulani herdsmen, instead of taking care of their cattle are touching you. What is expected to be done for you to be happy, our governor will do it”.

Reacting to the development, the head of Fulani herdsmen in the state, Ardo Bello, said upon interrogation the suspect denied raping the victim.

Mr. Bello said when the suspect was seen around the community, he was warned to steer clear of the area, which he did.

“The community members even killed one of his cows. He is a stranger in the state. The suspect is already in the police net and has denied ever raping the victim contrary to speculations or claims from the community members.”

Also, the Secretary of the Fulani herdsmen in the state, Alhaji Haladu, said he just got to know about the incident and denied the involvement of any herdsman in such crime.

“I just heard about the incident. Not at all will a herdsman commit such crime because of how we comport ourselves in the state.

“If we get the suspect we will tell him to use the Quran to swear and if he refuses it means he did it. Apart from being arrested by the police we know how we discipline our members.”


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  • talk na do

    The Ibo elites are a National disgrace to the Ibo nation–soon the traditional rulers will all decamp to join the Apes in APC–how many times have Fulani herds men killed Ibo farmers—and ripped open the bellies of their women——?———————–

    • Otile

      When did you change your moniker to “talk na do”? Instead of you to blame the raping Fulanis you blame the victims. See how you bribe-takers are aiding and abetting your president Imam Mohamed Buhari and his Foolani raping tribesmen to perpetuate evil on Igbo people.

      • W. Smile

        Why aren’t your men fighting to defend the honour of your women? No! Your people will rather insult the Yorubas that were defending their women’s honour. What a people!

        • Otile

          When was that, when did you defend the honor of Hajiya from being impregnated by Dino? When did you defend Moji from being raped by her father-in-law. Physician heal thyself.

          • W. Smile

            We did in ile-ifę,we are waiting for you to do the same for your women in Enugu and Ebonyi.

          • Otile

            We always defend our people in Pitakwa, and you know it. But why didn’t you defend Moji from that shame?

          • W. Smile

            Where’s that,Rivers? Go and defend your Ebonyi women currently protesting.

          • Julius

            We know what you do best..run with your tails between your legs to the SW. Abi no be so you did before when the same Fulanis slaughtered your people in the North ? Na lie ? Oloshi, try and defend your women for once in your worthless life.

  • AryLoyds

    Fulani herdsmen are becoming randy , and yet buhari does and says nothing , we are getting to point of no return .

  • Etete D. Spiff

    Mohammadu Bokohari in his skeleton and long neck must be very happy now. Despite this crude attacks and killings not even a single Fulani herdsman from Northern Nigeria is in jail or being prosecuted. Is Biafran agitation not justified? I only blame the Igbos of Biafra who have suddenly become women and overly cowardly.

    • thusspokez

      Mohammadu Bokohari in his skeleton and long neck must be very happy now.

      Shouldn’t you be blaming the local police, the local government or state government for their incompetence?

      I don’t think even God can be everywhere at the same time, yet you blame Buhari for what is going on in a far away local council. As usual with some of you Nigerians, you let off the mediocre public servants and politicians who are not doing their jobs to heap blame on the President. When you do this, you become part of the cover-up and problem.

      • McDoe

        “…Buhari who spoke on Sunday on a Liberty Radio programme, Guest of the Week monitored said accused the government of killing and destroying houses belonging to Boko Haram members while the Niger Delta militants get special treatment…The former dictator said that unlike the special treatment given to the Niger Delta militants by the federal government, the Boko Haram members were being killed and their houses demolished by government…”

        “…While accusing President Jonathan of failing from the beginning to address the security situation in the country, Buhari said he has never been in support of the state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa state…According to Buhari “what is responsible for the security situation in the country is caused by the activities of Niger Delta militants. Every Nigerian that is familiar with what is happening knows this. The Niger Delta militants started it all…” —Pointblank News June 2, 2013

        .@Etete D. Spiff is right. Is the above not a stuupid statement from a deranged and mentally challenged? Would anyone make such a statement anywhere else in the world and get the support at the pools? Well, except cowardly electorate like your Oluwole people!

    • Baka

      You lord, Jonathan has been defeated by Buhari, deal with that and wait for 2019 when you and your types will be further humiliated for good.

  • Rommel

    Seeing that there exists a ‘Fatilami Abubakar Park in Abakaliki,perhaps the herdsmen thought they were still in northern parts of Nigeria but I blame the young men from those areas,if herdsmen are found in those parts still,then they are not worth being called men any longer

    • Otile

      You reason like a goat.

      • Paul Abbey

        @otile You are worst than a goat and there is actually nothing to classify what you are.

        • Otile

          Stinking omo ale.

        • Julius

          No mind the bastard. He is online making noise and name calling while his men and women are being killed and raped. You are seeing how worthless he is.

    • Paul Abbey

      @Rommel you said it all. Men are now like women in the south I am beginning to think all this news are fake because if this thing should happen in my state, especially in my community they will burn the herdsmen alive and kill all the cows.

  • thusspokez

    “If we get the suspect we will tell him to use the Quran to swear and if he refuses it means he did it. Apart from being arrested by the police we know how we discipline our members.”

    Wow! How backward can these people get?

    The woman should have been immediately taken to a hospital to provide the biological evidence, such as semen, blood, saliva or hairs from inside and outside her private part. The latter, if she had not had a wash and washed them off. If he raped her, his DNA will match the collected biological evidence.

  • PLAN A

    We are gradually edging towards a major catastrophe in this country. With Herdsmen increasingly becoming confident that no matter what destruction they carry out, they will be protected by people in power. This is unfortunate. Today it’s a 70 year old woman in Ebonyi,tomorrow it might be your mother, sister,daughter, friend etc. Why are we not taking the bull by the horns and making these herdsmen know that” we cannot ignore the corpse whose leg is outside its grave.” If these activities were been carried out by southerners in the North, heads would have rolled!

    • thusspokez

      “Blame the incompetent (1) local police chief, (2) the local government chairperson, and (3) the state governor.

      Stop providing them a cover-up by blaming other people.

      • Otile

        Blame everybody else but praise the fulani rapist because he is your master. Idiiot.

      • PLAN A

        My man,the buck stops on the President’s desk. There’s nothing Police, LGA, and State Governor can do

        • thusspokez

          My man,the buck stops on the President’s desk.

          We know, but why stop with him? — And let off those employed at local level to serve the public. Why not say that it stops with God?

  • bashkano

    I pity the gullibility of these people. Always ever ready to be swayed by the antics of politicians and their ilks. How can a stranger who lives in the bush tending his herds and who rarely comes into contact with the people have such a temerity to commit abominable crime like this and is not arrested. This is a big wonder.

    • Otile

      How can a few strange Foolani herdsmen murder 50 people in Zaki-Biam? Are there no more men left in that community?

    • Infoezone Infoezone

      if its not cow dung u have in your brain would you have asked this question?

      • AryLoyds

        He has piss and shit in his brain , just tell me what bush he is talking about . Grazing on peoples farms is now called bush.

      • thusspokez

        “if its not cow dung u have in your brain” is an argument.

        Insult is not a substitute for (counter) argument, so let’s have your argument — if you one.

        • Infoezone Infoezone

          who is supposed to engage in that kind of degrading argument. there are comments one should nt even provide any loophole for argument. with all that has been happening in this country, u stil find someone coming out to say a herdsman will not leave his herd to commit such a crime. if herds men could come out and massacre people then what is rape that they cant do. that bashkano really has cow dung in his head.

          • thusspokez

            with all that has been happening in this country, u stil find someone coming out to say a herdsman will not leave his herd to commit such a crime.

            Internet forum provides you the opportunity to counter arguments and opinions that you disagree with. We learn nothing by posters trading insults at the drop of a hat.

            It is alleged that the lady was raped by a herdsman, and — without defending @bashkano –, all the poster did was to put forward a different analysis or alternative argument. I don’t see the crime in that. This is the ‘main course’ on Internet forums.

            You should be blaming the local police chief. The allegation might well turn out to be false, but when local temper is frayed, the delay if not failure of the local police to investigate the matter promptly could easily turn into violence and revenge attacks.

        • Otile

          Damn you, instead of condemning this despicable act by your fulani master you are talking about_stupid argument. Do you have any commonsense at all?

          • W. Smile

            The same way your people are mocking the ifę Warriors that were arrested? Hypocrisy at its highest!

          • Otile

            Which warriors? We never regard your stinking fulani murderers and rapists as warriors. We know you worship them Seek mental help, odale nla.

          • W. Smile

            Ezi! If you never see them as Warriors,how come they’re able to get away with rape and killing in your land? If they’re our masters,how come we dealt with them in Ekiti and ile-ifę? Iwe gi brain,Oluku.

  • Paul Abbey

    Shame on the men in that community.

    • Otile

      But kudos to the foolani rapist abi. May your mother, grandmother, sister, aunt be raped by stinking fulanis. Amen

      • W. Smile

        Go and defend your honour in Ebonyi,not on the page of punch.

        • Otile

          Go and defend Moji from the shame her father-in-law brought on her. That abomination is a dent on your tribe, Odale

          • W. Smile

            Show me any news that report such and I will go and defend her. Unfortunately,your women are crying for help,yet you turn a dead ear at of fear. SMH!

        • Julius

          He is a born lazy coward. This is all he does. Name calling and insults but, the moron won’t do anything to defend the people he always claim to represent. What an empty life he has.

      • Julius

        Do something about it..moron. Don’t come online ranting, insulting and name calling. Get your lazy coward ass over there and defend your women from the terrorists. See your empty life so, smdh !

      • Paul Abbey

        Well I don’t need any body to tell me how chickenhearted you are. Not every man that has something between his legs that is actually called a man, Luke 11:21 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. This will continue to happen to you until you become brave enough to defend your women. Tell them to come and I will show u what we do to such people.

  • George

    This is exactly what Fayose single handedly save the Yorubas from yet few cowards among them still insult him.

    Lets image the herdsmen rape Tinubu wife ashooooooooooooooole Remi or Fashola fathy bobo or even OBJ wife it would have be a very good news.

    • Julius

      Moron, what did you do when the same herdsmen went to your backyard , killed and raped your women ? See, all you cowards and bastards do is get on the internet yapping..mouth, mouth. Nonsense !

  • wode

    For an unbiased straight thinking person, it requires no much stress to know that the protest is politically motivated and that’s quite unfortunate. We should stop giving coloration to crime. Whoever involves in any crime, irrespective of where he may come from, should be dealt with accordingly as against using propaganda to beat up sentiment. Of what I know of Fulani herdsmen in terms of crime, rape is not one of them.

    • Impulse400

      Is it until what happened in Benue happens in Ebonyi, before you will agree that this protest is justified and not sponsored…? Do you need an extensive body count and burnt properties to change your mind…?


    One of our military head of state (who merely stepped aside) once swore by Allah that he was nursing the idea of staying on in power, so giving the Fulani a Koran to swear does not mean any thing

  • Julius

    Sometimes jungle justice is called for. This is one of the times. I’ve said this before, I think they are criminals/ terrorists not a damn herdsmen.

  • manudiba

    Where are the so-called ohanaeze ndi Igbo? And, where are the Igbo men? Why do the always leave these incidents to the women to handle? Igbos men are cowards, and should be thrown out of Nigeria. Ebonyi governor Umahi had said the herdsmen were welcome in Ebonyi. Now this incidents happened in his own local government area. What does he say? Noting, because Buhari gives him bribe. He recently promised to deliver the whole of Ebonyi to Buhari in the 2019 elections.