A middle-aged man, Mr. Egede Nwofe, popularly known as ‘monkey’ at Mkpuma Agbaja in Izzi local government of Ebonyi State, last weekend fell from a palm tree while trying to harvest palm fruits.
He was hired by a member of his community, Mr. Nwamimi Okwuta.
Vanguard learned that Nwofe fell from one of the palm trees and broke his spiral cord when he was attempting to climb the fourth one in a palm tree plantation in the area.
When Vanguard visited the home of the victim, it was revealed that Nwofe uses the money he gets from the business to feed his family.
“I collect for each palm tree N500 for tall ones, while short ones go for N300. What happened that day happened suddenly as my body started shivering and automatically became cold and before I knew what was happening, I got myself on the ground,” he recounted his ordeal.
Okwuta, who hired the victim, said Nwofe had been harvesting palm fruits for him for over five years and that such an incident had never happened before.