A farmer, identified as one Bashiru Aliu, in the Owan East Local Government Area of Edo has been reportedly attacked by bandits suspected to be herdsmen.
The incident was said to have occurred in Ivbiaro community on Tuesday.
It was learnt that the armed men, numbering about six, had laid an ambush in Aliu’s farm as he was attending to his crops and suddenly attacked him with machetes.
The assailants were said to have inflicted deep cuts in the victim’s head at about 9:30 am and left him to die, before fleeing the scene.
According to the 50-year-old victim, who is currently receiving medical treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Auchi, the bandits had told him that they were out to kill him.
Aliu explained, “When I was cutting plantain in my farm, I did not know that some herdsmen had laid an ambush somewhere waiting for me to move an inch. Suddenly, they pounced on me and started using machetes on me, saying that they were there to take my life.
“At that point, knowing that it was between life and death, I engaged them in a serious fight and, in the process, they cut my head with a machete. When they assumed that I was dead, they ran away; that was how God saved me from their hands.”
The victim also said that the matter had been reported to the police.