#StoriesWeHear: Man chops off farmer’s hand after argument over cows

by ‘Jola Sotubo


A farmer in Bauchi has had his hand cut off after an argument with a herdsman over cattle in the Zaki Local Government Area of the state.

Sani Abubakar, resident in Maduba Village, confronted the unidentified assailant when he found the latter’s herd grazing on his farm.

Abubakar then made an attempt to drive the cattle off his land which action attracted the wrath of the herdsman.

Vanguard reports:

It was in the course of the heated argument that the herdsman used a cutlass in his possession and severed the right hand of Malam Sani.

Narrating his ordeal to newsmen while recuperating at Hadeja General Hospital in Zaki local government, Mallam Sani said that on that fateful day, he discovered that some cattle belonging to a herdsman who is a son to one Alhaji Gainako Bayaro were grazing on his farm.

He said that the herdsman did not make any move to drive his flocks out of the farm and when he attempted to drive them away, it resulted to a heated argument between him and the herdsman.

According to Sani,“the herdsman hit me twice with the flat side of his cutlass and then struck again with an extra force that cut off my right hand from the wrist as I also had to protect my face from sustaining any further injury. When he discovered the magnitude of his offence, he panicked and escaped. Although the herdsman is at large, the brother of the herdsman is in police custody to assist in tracing his whereabouts.”

He demanded for justice and called on the state government to assist him financially as he is incapacited at the moment.

Meanwhile, the Fulani youth in Tashena District of the local government area have been prohibited from carrying weapons in public places.


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