An armed herdsman on Saturday left Edjekota community of Ughelli North Local Government Area of Delta State in a serious commotion after shooting dead a middle-aged man that attempted to prevent his wife from being raped.
According a report by Vanguard, the armed herdsman had accosted the man’s wife on her farm and ordered her to put down the cassava stems she was carrying on her head in an attempt to rape her.
Unknown to him, the woman’s husband, 54-year-old Anthony Ejabare, was nearby and walked into the scene.
The herdsman reportedly shot him on sight and disappeared into the bush.
The incident was said to have angered the residents of the community so much that they attempted to take the corpse of the victim into the palace of Ovie of Ogor Kingdom in protest, in what chiefs of the kingdom described as sacrilegious.
After working tirelessly to prevent the community people from taking the corpse into the palace with police intervention, the chiefs were said to have directed the angry mob to the Ughelli Area Command of the Nigerian Police Force.
The statement of the widow, who was the only witness, was said to have been taken at the command.
“From the statement given by widow, who is the witness, she was accosted by an armed herdsman who asked her to put down the cassava stems she carried on her head in an attempt to rape her else he was going to shoot her.
“While she was pleading with the gunman, her husband, who was stationed as a guard in a pipeline close to her farm, walked into them and upon sighting the husband, the assailant shot him and fled into the bush,” Vanguard quoted a security source at the Area Command as saying.