‘Herdsmen killed my husband, aborted his dream of becoming professor’

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Mr Agbaka Sabastine Ishoon who left home for an important meeting and end up with Fulani herdsmen who slaughtered him to death.

Mrs Agatha Ishoon was turned into a widow with the gruesome killing of her husband, Mr Agbaka Sabastine Ishoon, by the heartless herdsmen at about 8 pm penultimate Monday.

Ishoon met his untimely death on Giza/Katalin Road in Keana Local Government Area, Nasarawa State while returning home from a cultural association meeting.

The 27-year-old widow is now saddled with the responsibility of catering for their two children all alone.

Speaking with our correspondent at the family’s apartment in Azer area of Kadarko, Agatha gave an emotional account of how Ishoon left the house on his motorcycle for Kuduku, a Tiv settlement under Giza Development Area, Keana LGA of the state, to attend a cultural meeting.

Until his death, Ishoon was the secretary of the said cultural association which superintends an annual Tiv festival called Kyegh Sha Shwa. He had attended the meeting without any inkling that his path would cross with those of the killer herdsmen that murdered him in cold blood.

Ishoon had lived his entire life in Keana LGA, having attended primary and secondary schools there before his tertiary education at the Nasarawa State University in Keffi. At the time he was murdered, he was said to have only one semester left to graduate from the Political Science Department of the university, where his grade point was said to be clearly ahead of other students in the department.

Recalling the events of the tragic day, Agatha said: “On the evening of April 26, 2021, he left for the meeting on his motorcycle at about 4pm. He had not attended previous meetings because of his studies in Keffi, so he decided to seize the opportunity of being on holiday to attend this one.

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“He promised to come back immediately after the meeting. Being a man of his word, we became worried when he did not return up till about 10pm. I was, however, afraid to trace him to the place because the distance was a bit long and a report was circulating that herdsmen had just killed about 12 persons in Doma LG and displaced about 50,000 Tiv farmers who were taking refuge in Kadarko.

“Early the next morning, I got the sad news that he left the meeting at about 6pm but was attacked on his way home by some militia who shot at the tyres of his motorcycle, seized him and murdered him in cold blood.

“When his lifeless body was brought to us, I could not believe that it was my husband’s body. There were machete and axe cuts on his neck and stomach. In fact, they butchered him like a goat and dropped his body by Giza/Kadarko Road.”

Before setting out for the meeting, the late Ishoon was said to have asked Agatha to wash some of his clothes because he intended to travel to Keffi the next morning to check up something at school.

Agatha, who wept intermittently as she recalled the events that led to her husband’s death, added: “I did not know that he would not be going to Keffi the next day as he planned or that I would never see him again.

“His kids cried as they insisted on following him to the meeting but he only gave them some pets and promised to buy them biscuits on his way home. He neither returned nor bought the biscuits. Now the kids are still asking for the biscuits and the whereabouts of their father.

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