A middle-aged woman, Ruth Eresu, nearly lost her entire hand after she was attacked by one of the herdsmen who invaded her farmland in Eneka, Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers State on Monday.
The farmer who was accompanied to a popular broadcast station, Cool/Wazobia/Info FM in Port Harcourt by her husband, retired captain Joseph Eresu, had a bandage wrapped around the severed hand.
An emotional Eresu disclosed that she was at the radio station to call the attention of the relevant authorities to the menace of herdsmen in the state.
According to her, she was attacked when she approached the herders who took their cattle to graze in her farm just behind their residence near the Boro pit axis of Eneka.
"What happened yesterday (Monday) around five in the evening. I was in my compound because the farm is in the backyard. So, I heard the sound of cows on my farm. I was in the kitchen and saw the cows eating my crops. I said these people (herdsmen) have come again.
"I rushed outside and used a stick to chase the cows from my farm. Immediately I did that, they (herders) were three. One of them rushed and chased after me. Before I knew it, he held a machete and wanted to cut my head if not that I raised my hand.
"So, the machete cut my hand. Immediately he used the cutlass on me, he started running. So, I just want the government and the people of Rivers State to look into this matter and to help stop them (herdsmen) from destroying our crops. We don't have crops anymore. When you plant, before you know it, they have finished it with their cows," she stated tearfully.
Eresu further said it was not the first time herders took their cattle to graze in her garden, even as she called on relevant authorities to check the activities of herders who are still involved in open grazing in the state.