Agnes gang-raped by Fulani Herdsmen in Anambra dies

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A woman has died after she was gang-raped by Fulani Herdsmen in a farmland at Ebenebe in Awka North local government area of Anambra State.

The middle-aged woman, Agnes Okekpe, who is a native of Abakiliki in Ebonyi, was raped while working on a farmland in December 2019.

Okekpe was hired by a farmer to harvest crops on his farmland and while there two herdsmen came with their cattle and raped her till, she went into a coma.

Her relatives took her to her home state of Ebonyi for treatment where she reportedly died.

President-general of Ebenebe, Mr. Paul Nnatuanya, while narrating the story, said the woman’s ordeal is no different from what his people have been experiencing, in addition to the destruction of farmlands by suspected herdsmen.

Nnatuanya said: “The information we got from Ebonyi State was that Agnes has died. After she was raped to coma, our people took her to the hospital where she was revived. She died as a result of the trauma she suffered.

“After she was discharged from the hospital, she travelled back to her place in Ebonyi State; perhaps, to continue treatment there.

“She didn’t continue with the business she came for.

“Her colleague who was able to escape said that before the rape, the herdsmen hit the woman with a log of wood, which made her weak and unable to raise the alarm.

“The herdsmen also took the money the woman tied on her wrapper and it was the victim’s colleague who found her lying helplessly on the farm, that ran back to the town to alert the residents. When the villagers stormed the scene, she was already lying unconscious on the ground.” [The Trent]

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