The indigenous of Ofumwengbe community in Ovia North-East LGA, Okada Edo state have been put into a state of tension when they discovered that an unidentified woman has been raped and killed in their area, by men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen. This prompted the youths to stage a protest by blocking the Benin-Ore Expressway.
Reports reaching Naijauto says, the yet to be identified woman had gone to do some farming work on her farm but didn't come home, hence a search party was sent to look for her.
The search party tracked down her dead body on her farm and saw that some parts of her body, an arm, and leg, has gone missing. Her assailants did not only raped and killed her, but they also cut off some parts of her body. The woman got married just last year.
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Reports said herdsmen living around the area had taken to their heels to escape the wrath of the youths. The body of the dead woman was taken to the expressway by the protesting youths where they made a bonfire.
Benin-Ore expressway blocked by the youths of Okada while they were protesting
The protest triggered a gridlock on the Benin-Ore expressway which took the intervention of security agents to bring the situation under control.
An eyewitness said he was in the gridlock for four hours before the crowd was dispersed to allow free passage.
"I was coming to Lagos State when we suddenly encountered the gridlock. I learnt that a woman went to the farm and herdsmen raped her on the farm before killing her. The villagers took the body of the woman, brought it to the expressway and stopped vehicular movement on both sides of the road.
The youth went after the herdsmen and got hold of one of them, who had a gun on him, but there was no bullet in the gun. They got hold of him and killed him, cut his leg and brought his body to the expressway.
It took the intervention of policemen, soldiers and other security agents before we were able to go. The security agents at first tried to pacify the youth but when they were not listening, they had to use force to disperse them. "
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When DanMallam Muhammed, the Commissioner of Police, Edo state, was contacted, he denied any conflict between the youths and Fulani herdsmen. He added that they were yet to ascertain the cause of the woman's death.
"The youth blocked the road, because a woman died on the farm and they alleged that herdsmen killed her. They did not wait for police investigation but blocked the road and brought hardship on travellers, who did not know anything about it.
The woman went to the farm and this morning, she was discovered dead. The youth suspected it that herdsmen killed her but nobody saw the herdsmen killing her."