Suspected Fulani herdsmen attack another community in Enugu State.
Reports say the attack left a Catholic Seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor dead and about four persons injured.
The seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor was said to have just returned from his apostolic work before the attack.
The murder of seminarian Nwafor took place at Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbe community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi when he visited the scene described the incident as unfortunate.
Ugwuanyi, who rushed to the community on receipt of the report of the invasion in the early hours of Thursday, said the government would no longer tolerate such barbaric attack on his people.
Gov Ugwuanyi said:
“This morning, I received the report of an attack by suspected herdsmen on Attakwu community during which a seminarian, Mr. Lazarus Nwankwo, was killed and four others injured.
“Even though the police are still conducting investigations into the matter, I hasten to condemn this act as the government cannot tolerate the wanton destruction of lives anywhere in the state under any guise.”
The Enugu state governor disclosed that he had summoned a meeting with the leadership of the herdsmen and security agencies to review the situation and determine the appropriate actions to be taken.
Gov Ugwuanyi further stated that it was unfortunate that the incident is coming just days after the commission of inquiry into the killing at Nimbo submitted an interim report and is about to conclude its assignment.
The governor expressed his sympathy to the families of the deceased and assure them that the government would do everything to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.
Ugwuanyi said that the government would continue to take adequate measures to ensure the protection of lives and property.
Chairman of Attakwu Autonomous Community, Chief Ndubuisi Ogbodo disclosed that the suspected herdsmen struck the community out of no justified provocation.
Chief Ogbodo said that one Lazarus Nwankwo, an Imo State indigene and a final year student of Spiritan International School of Theology, was killed in the attack.
Herdsmen Attack Another Enugu Community
He added that a certain woman from the family of one Mr. Ogbodo Nwarum had on Wednesday tried to stop some cattle from grazing on her farm located at the back of her house.
Chief Ogbodo revealed that:
“When the woman saw the cattle grazing on her farm, she sounded a gong which scared the cattle away from the premises.
“The herdsmen got furious and challenged her on why she scared their cattle and threatened to come back for her.
“The herdsmen later came back in the early hours of Thursday and invaded their compound during which the pregnant woman and three other members of her household were attacked with machetes.”
He further disclosed that the seminarian, who was a tenant in the compound, heard the shouts of the woman and her household and rushed out to see what was happening but got killed.
According to Chief Ogbodo, the four other victims got deadly machete cuts and were critically ill and were being treated at two hospitals.
Sen Ike Ekweremadu Condemns Herdsmen Attack
Some residents of the community blamed their ordeal on their traditional ruler.
They alleged that he had collected money from the herdsmen and gave them a portion of their land to settle.
The residents alleged that the traditional ruler was even given a contract by the herdsmen to grade the road leading to their settlement.
Responding, traditional ruler of the community, Chief Greg Ugwu, stated that he knew nothing about the settlement of the herdsmen in the community.
Chief Ugwu noted that the herdsmen were already resident in the community before he was crowned as the traditional ruler.
He also added that he had no business with them.
The Enugu state governor drove into the forest where the herdsmen lived.
Gov Ugwuanyi, however, could not meet anyone as the entire settlement had been deserted.