Many have sustained various degrees of injuries following a fight in Agbala community, Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State, on Tuesday between herdsmen over missing cows.
Two of the herdsmen were fatally injured and rushed to the emergency unit of the Federal Medical Centre in Owerri by villagers.
According to an eyewitness, the situation would have led to an attack on the village, if it was not witnessed by other herdsmen.
The source said: “What happened was that a herdsman went into the bush and stabbed his kinsman who was asleep. He left with his victim’s cows after he thought he was dead.
“But, another herdsman, who was also in the bush, alerted others who came to the forest and overpowered the culprit after stabbing him severally and thereafter recovered the stolen cows.
“It was villagers who alerted the police. The man was rescued and the two were rushed to the emergency unit of FMC, Owerri.”
The source added that it would be a miracle if the two survive as their conditions were said to be critical.
The development caused heavy gridlock on the Owerri-Aba Road.
Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu said the herdsmen were responding to treatment. According to him, policemen from the Agbala Police Division rushed the herdsmen to the hospital following a distress call from people.