A woman in Benin Edo state identified as Margaret Udiamehi has been reported to have been sexually assaulted before she was beheaded by suspected herdsmen at Ekpoma, Esan West LGA.
The Nation reports that the victim’s headless body was discovered by a search party on Tuesday night after she failed to return home from the farm.
On subsequent search, the police discovered her severed head on Wednesday morning at a different location.
Fueled with anger over the brutal killing, women in the locality took to the streets, palace of Onojie of Ekpoma and the Divisional Police headquarter to demand expulsion of all herdsmen from the village and environs
Reports state shat the woman had earlier escaped from the herdsman who pursued her but they took her cutlass. Speaking on behalf of the protesters, one of the women who gave her name as Grace said they were tired of watching strangers destroyed their crops, rape and kill women in the village.
She said they searched through the night before her naked body was discovered at about 2am and her head chopped off. Divisional Police Officer in Ekpoma, SP Franklin Akanonu, who confirmed the killing assured the protesters that the killers would be apprehended.
He urged the protesters to provide information that would help apprehend those behind the killing. Sources revealed that policemen were deployed to the Ujuelen camp of Fulani herdsmen to protect them from any possible reprisal attacks.
Source: The Nation