Armed men kill housewife, abduct two in Edo
Less than one week after armed men killed a personnel of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and in the process abducted his principal, who is a Chinese national, armed men suspected to be Fulani on Friday evening reportedly killed 39-year-old Mrs. Magdalene Tunar in Uluoke, near Auchi in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo on her way from farm alongside her husband and two children.
Narrating the incident, her husband, Wilson Tunar, said the two armed men, he suspected to be Fulani herdsmen had accosted them on their way from farm.He said: “I usually park my car somewhere along the farm route because of the terrain. So, we were moving towards where I parked, when two men suddenly came out of the bush and moved towards us with gun pointing at us.
“On sighting them, my wife inquired to know what was happening and the next thing I heard was the sound of gun. They shot her on the stomach.“When she fell, they pointed the gun at my children, but I shielded them by pushing them behind me.
“It was a miracle, when I heard the click of the trigger, but nothing happened. I grabbed a wood close by and fought them with it and I got injured on the neck by a knife from one of them. They, however, fled when I overpowered them.
“I rushed my wife, who was still alive, to Iyamoh Health Centre, but we were advised to go to Faith Foundation hospital close by, as they were incapable of taking care of her.
“Again at Faith, we were referred to Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital (ISTH). It was on our way there that she died.”Tunar said activities of herdsmen have become increasingly problematic in the area and appealed to security agencies to help protect lives and properties of people in the area.
“Three persons were abducted in the same area, same Friday, by these people. Though two cars were snatched in the process, but the vehicles have been recovered, while the persons were yet to be found.”
As at filing this report, The Guardian could not get confirmation from police on the abduction, as the Police Public Relations officer, Moses Nkonbe, said he was yet to get details from the area, where the incident happened.