By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Members of a Fulani family in Kwara State have resorted to fight dirty using machetes and other dangerous weapons in a bid to inherit the widow of a late family head.
The ugly incident has left one of them lying critically ill now in a hospital where he is being treated for machete cuts and other wounds he sustained in bid to inherit the widow of his late uncle.
The news of the incident at the Fulani camp (Gaa) in Ikoroku area of Kaiama in the northern flank of Kwara State was made known by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through its spokesman, Zaid Afolabi.
According to Afolabi, it took the timely intervention of the operatives of NSCDC to prevent further bloody fight among the Fulani kinsmen who apparently were bent on killing themselves over the struggle to inherit the wife of their dead relation.
The NSCDC spokesman in a statement said trouble started when Alhaji Bello, head of the Fulani family died and his younger brother was quick and more concerned in inheriting the deceased’s wife instead of being touched that the man died in the first place.
Taking the wife in such a short time did not go down well with the children of the late Bello who possibly were warming up to inherit the young wife before their uncle played a fast one on them.
The NSCDC spokesman said in his statement: “According to reports we got from our Divisional Office in Kaiama, after the death of one Alhaji Bello, his younger brother took his wife which did not go down well with the children of the deceased.
“They accused their uncle of complicity in the death of their father. The children of late Alhaji Bello vowed to take back their father’s wife from their uncle and this later ensued in a bloody free-for-all fight.
“As the matter escalated, one Babbi Aliyu was attacked with cutlass which left him with multiple injuries in his nose and started to bleed profusely.”
Afolabi added that operatives of the Corps in Kaiama got a distress call and rushed to the scene to prevent further deadly fight. The victim was rushed to Kaiama General Hospital from where he was transferred to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH) in llorin.
The assailant, Zaid Afolabi said, had been arrested while further investigations continued on the matter as at press time today.