Mrs Oluchi Edeneh, a mother of 3, and her husband Mr Timothy Edeneh, had gone to bed at night, hoping to see the next day in peace, but their sleep was cut shot.

They live in a farm house in Amachai Quarters in Ugbolu Community, Oshimili North Local Government Area, Delta State. 

At about 3:00 a.m. a man suspected to be a Fulani herdsman allegedly broke into the farm house of the family of 5 in their sleep and attempted to rape the young woman who was beside her three children in bed. 

The fight and struggle that followed left Mrs Edeneh, 26, with a dagger injury in her chest. 

She is now at the Accident and Emergency Ward of Federal Medical Center, Asaba, the capital of Delta State. 

Narrating her ordeal to reporters, she said the suspected Fulani Herdsman sneaked into their residence put out their kerosene lamp and tore her undies in attempt to rape her. 

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She raised an alarm which attracted her husband, who was recovering from a four-month-old partial paralysis to his left limbs.

He was on another bed while she resisted and fought with the suspected Fulani herdsman.

Her action made the assailant stab her with a dagger, as she dispossessed him of a sharp cutlass he was with.

Mrs Edeneh said while the attacker accosted her husband stabbing his only functional hand, she used the cutlass on the herdsman’s head, severally forcing him to abandon his trousers and escape naked with severe injuries on the head.

There was a seemingly positive twist to the incident at the hospital, as Mrs Edeneh, raised alarm when she saw a man with an injury in his head, whom she claimed was the Fulani Herdsman that attacked her family in the early hours of Thursday.

She prompted the FMC Asaba Security which later called in the Police.

After he was apprehended, the suspected assailant, who gave his name as Muhammadu Na'abba, confirmed that he was a Fulani herdsman but said he was ignorant of the incident at Mrs Edeneh and her family's farm house.

Muhammadu said he got injured around Mile 5 Illah Road, Ugbolu near the Asaba Campus of Delta State University during a clash with some locals while tending his herds of cattle.

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Confirming the incident, the spokesman for the police in Delta State, Mr Andrew Aniamaka, said a case of life threatening assault was reported at the Illah police station by Mr Timothy Edeneh with no information on the attack and rape attempt on Mrs Oluchi Edeneh. 

He said investigation into the incident has started. 

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Meanwhile, the sickly Timothy Edeneh is having a tough time getting needed funds to enable his critically injured wife get recommended medical treatment in the hospital.

He appealed to the government and public-spirited persons for financial assistance.

Mr Timothy was also worried that his 5-year-old Adaobi would have to take care of her two younger ones, while they await their return.

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