A survivor of the herders’ onslaught on the Abagena Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp a few weeks ago, Jennifer Uta has been recounting their ordeal in the hands of the herdsmen.
According to Jennifer Uta, a 21-year-old housewife from Makurdi, Benue State, she had gone out to ease herself at about 11:55 p.m when she observed that several unusual people had entered their camp.
Jennifer, who was pregnant, said:
“When I looked again, I noticed they were herdsmen going by their language and their dressing. I saw that they were also all armed and smoking. I knew something bad was about to happen and my heart skipped several beats.
Frightened, I quietly crawled back to the house and alerted my husband, who in turn, quietly alerted the members of our compound about their presence. Before long, the entire community was informed of their strange visitors.”
She said the herdsmen spotted her husband, Isaiah, and shot him in the back, while he was trying to inform other members of the village about the uninvited guests.
Jennifer’s husband, Isaiah said:
“When my wife woke me up and told me about what she saw outside, I peeped through the window and saw that what she said was true. I saw them moving about in the dark. I quickly alerted the members of our compound and was on the move to alerting others, when they shot me. The wicked herdsmen also shot my mother. I don’t know how my heavily pregnant wife managed to escape the terror of that night. I had to feign death following the shot before they left me and moved on with their onslaught”
Isaiah and his mother were among the nine IDPs injured and rushed to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital for treatment.
Nigerdeltaconnect gatheted that Jennifer Uta went into labour and was safely delivered of a set of male twins via caesarean section a week after the incident, while caring for him and his mother.
“My family is IDP from Gborgyo village of Guma Local Government. We were first displaced in 2011 after several people were killed and a lot of properties destroyed by herdsmen in our village. That is why we ran to Abagana community. We tried to go back to our village in 2017, but we were attacked by herdsmen again this April. We narrowly escaped back to Abagana community. Unfortunately, the Abagana community was also attacked”.
“The babies are our first set of children since we got married. We have decided to name the boys after Governor Samuel Ortom because of his stance against open grazing. One of the boys shall be called Samuel and the other Ortom. The naming ceremony will be conducted soon.”
Jennifer said she was concerned that the trauma of the incident might affect her having a successful delivery.