From Rahmon Afeez, Ado-Ekiti
Suspected herdsmen on Tuesday unleashed terror on three women in a farm settlement in Irele-Ekiti, in Ikole Local Council Area of Ekiti State.
The incident came less a month after two farmers were killed by herdsmen in Isaba-Ekiti, in the same local government area of the state.
An eye-witness who spoke on condition of anonymity told our correspondent that the gunmen numbering six invaded the farmstead around 4am, demanded for money and wanted to rape the female farmers.
The eye-witness that the dare-devil gunmen matcheted them following their refusal to give them the money they demanded for and opposition to the rape attempts.
He added that the victims who sustained varying degrees of life-threatening injury were rushed to Ikole General Hospital in Ikole-Ekiti, where they are currently receiving medical treatment.
“The women were unable to meet up with the demand as they said they were only with just N200 with them. The herdsmen collected all the money found in them and made attempt to forcefully sleep with the women.The refusal of the women to grant their demand for such immoral act led to the brutal attack before they fled the scene.
” The women were so macheted to the extent that it will take the grace of God for them to survive because they have lost so much of blood,” the source said.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer, (PPRO) ASP Sunday Abutu confirmed the incident, saying the command had began investigations in a bid to arrest the perpetrators.
Abutu said, ” Yes, we got the report this morning that three persons were attacked and I can tell you that they are responding to treatment in the hospital.
” We have commenced investigation into the attack and the criminals will soon be arrested.”