A woman identified as Mrs Martina Christopher, her father and brother, have been beaten to a pulp by some men suspected to be Indian hemp dealers over the disappearance of bags of cannabis kept on the victims’ farmland at Ogbese in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State
It was gathered that as the dealers could not find the bags of cannabis, they accused Isaac of stealing the product and thereafter tortured him before taking him away.
Having received the news of the incident, Martina and her father, Joseph Akpan, were said to have traced the hoodlums to Ilu-Abo community in order to rescue Isaac, but they too were beaten up by the alleged hemp dealers
Speaking while narrating her ordeal, Martina said;
I went to the farm very late on the fateful day to join my husband and brother on the farm, because we had left the farm unattended to for some days.
“I met these people, about 40 of them on 15 motorcycles, then I saw my brother, who had been beaten and injured, sandwiched between some of the hoodlums on one of the motorcycles; I had to turn back and later, I was told that he had been taken to Ilu-Abo.
“I then went to Ilu-Abo in company with our father, only to see my brother mercilessly beaten and injured; and immediately the hoodlums saw us, they descended on us and beat me and my father to a pulp, demanding to know the whereabouts of the bags of Indian hemp kept on our farm.
“My father fainted and as I tried to touch him, they gave me a machete cut, while some of them beat me with sticks and I also fainted, because I had lost a lot of blood.”
The husband of the victim, Augustine Christopher, said he had to report the case at the Area Command in Oba Ile, Akure, following the threat to wipe out his family.