There was panic in Agbala in the Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State on Tuesday after a Fulani herdsman stabbed another following a quarrel .
The attacker was also stabbed by other herders , who were alerted to the incident by a witness.
The two herders , who were rushed to the emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre , Owerri, owing to the severity of the injuries they sustained , were rescued by the villagers.
A community source told our correspondent that the incident , which occurred on Monday night , would have degenerated if not that another herder witnessed the drama.
The source said , “This issue would have degenerated if not that another Fulani herdsman witnessed it .
“ What happened was that a Fulani herdsman had gone into the bush , where his kinsman and his cows were staying .
While the man in the bush was sleeping , his kinsman stabbed him mercilessly and left with the victim ’ s cows thinking that he was dead .
“ However , another Fulani herdsman, who was in the bush, quickly alerted the other herdsmen .
They monitored his movement until reinforcement arrived .
The other herders first recovered the stolen cows before stabbing him repeatedly .
“ It was the villagers, who alerted the police . The man was rescued and the two victims were rushed to the emergency unit of the FMC , Owerri. ”
The source said it would be a miracle if the two survive as their conditions were said to be critical .
The development caused a gridlock on the Owerri – Aba Road .
The police spokesperson in the state , Orlando Ikeokwu, said the two herders were responding to treatment in hospital .
According to him , policemen from the Agbala Police Division rushed the herders to hospital following a distress call from the villagers.
Ikeokwu added that the herdsmen had a disagreement over cows .
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