Fulani herdsmen struck again, this time in the south-west commercial city of Lagos, where they allegedly killed a general.
It was supposed to be a short trip for Brig. General Sylvester Iruh (retd.), who went to Ilorin for a day to attend a burial. He was on his way back to his home in Akute, Ogun state when he was attacked along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Emergency officials, who contacted the general’s wife, told her he had been attacked, but would not reveal the severity of the attack over the phone.
Upon arriving at the hospital, however, Christina discovered her husband and “best friend” was dead.
Talking to reporters on Monday, the late Iruh’s wife said she was given details of the attack from other occupants of the vehicle, two men and a woman.
According to their account, cited in the Punch, her husband and traveling companions had been returning from Ilorin on Friday when their Hilux vehicle experience some tire trouble.
They had stopped on a bridge to change the tires, but were warned by passing motorists that they were on dangerous turf.
Just as Iruh decided to heed the warnings and move to safer ground, his attackers struck.
Christiana said, “I was told they immediately pounced on him after that and stabbed him all over his body and face. One of the daggers stuck to his back.
“The dagger was removed at the mortuary. The men who attacked him were said to be carrying sticks like Fulani nomads with bows and arrows in their bags.”
Another occupant in the car also sustained knife injuries on his arm too, the punch reported.
The assailants were later robbed of their money and phones. Iruh, a one time Chief Security Officer for Kogi state, retired from army life in 2009. He is described by his wife as a “gentleman and fine officer”.
Police officials say a criminal investigation has been launched into the matter.