A herdsman has attacked a young man, Kohgi Nation, in Bayelsa State over an alleged missing cow.
It was gathered that the incident happened on Saturday around Otuoke community in the Ogbia Local Government Area of the state.
The herder was said to have attacked the victim with a machete and inflicted injuries on his head and hand after alleging that his cow was missing.
Kohgi’s father, Mr Goodhead Nation, 58, however, escaped the attack with some bruises on his left hand.
He said his son underwent over four-hour surgery at the Federal Medical Centre, Yenagoa, where he was rushed to.
According to him, the incident occurred at about 5pm on Friday while they were working on the palm farm.
Nation said, “The Fulani herder came through the back entrance of my farm. He came to me and accused us of stealing his cow.
“We denied the theft and told him to look at us whether we looked like people who can kill a cow. He attacked me with his stick.
“He later brought out his machete and chased my son. We later discovered my son by the riverside with heavy machete cuts to the head, waist and hand.”
The Ijaw Youth Council condemned the incident, saying it was one attack too many.
The spokesman for the IYC, Ebilade Ekerefe, who reacted after visiting the victim in the hospital, added that it was an isolated attack and advised against any reprisal.
He said, “Let me say this is not the first time the herdsman incident has happened. But this attack is one too many. Considering the mood of the country, the Ijaw youth should not carry out reprisal. It is an isolated attack. We do not want to believe that the attack was planned.
Ekerefe called on security agencies to arrest the culprit as it would lead to determining if the attack was planned or not.
The IYC spokesman further said, “The Hausa-Fulani community in Bayelsa should show sympathy with the victim by ensuring the culprit is arrested.”