A 54-year-old known as Mr. Mathias Odey, who was left disabled after his left hand was allegedly cut off by a herdsman during a clash on November 5, 2017, has spoken about his situation saying he has not gotten help from anywhere. The father of 7 was badly injured during a clash between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in Ugaga community of Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State. The man who spoke with Southern City News recalled the sad incident saying; “My children and I were plucking pepper from one of my farms. We usually do this together. After I finished with the pepper, I went to another section to harvest yam.
“I had barely harvested four tubers of yam when we saw some Fulani herdsmen entering our farm. Three of the herdsmen were with their cows, scattering the ridges. My son attempted to chase them, but one of the herdsmen brought out a cutlass and went after him. “He hit my son twice but didn’t injure him. I went after him and suddenly, he turned towards me and tried to cut off my neck with the cutlass. I used my hand to defend myself and that was when it was chopped off.” Odey said he fell down and called out to his children for help before he passed out and woke up in the hospital. He added that he has since then been visiting hospitals in Calabar and Ogoja for medical attention and that he has been living on the goodwill of friends and family.
“When this incident happened, there were promises that the government would take care of my hospital bills and see to it that I get treated, but nothing of such has happened.
“I have been depending on the goodwill of family members. I have spent the last four months in and out of hospitals both in Calabar and Ogoja Local Government Area,” he lamented. Photo Credit: Getty