Scores of persons have been reportedly killed and several injured as Fulani herdsmen invades Ukpabi, Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State in the early hours of today, Monday April 25. According to Vanguard, natives have fled to neighboring communities of Nkpologu and Uvuru, even as Nkpologu natives fled to Nsukka in fear of attacks.
Police Public Relations Officer, Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the incident, saying that a combined team of police and Army have moved to the area.
An earlier report had stated that fear had gripped the inhabitants of the mentioned communities following an alleged attempt by Fulani herdsmen to invade the community and displace residents for cattle-grazing.
It was gathered that the herdsmen at Adani had at the weekend, imported about 500 other herdsmen from Nasarawa State to help them invade the community on grounds that some of their cattle were missing.
A source, Onwubuya, who confirmed this, noted that local leaders of the Fulani community also confirmed that there were attempts to bring in mercenaries for the attack on the communities, adding that the Fulani leaders in Enugu had complained that some of their people were killed within the axis of Ukpabi Nimbo and Abbi communities in the recent past.
Stakeholders from the local government were reported to have met to find solutions to the incessant attacks by herdsmen on communities in the local government, leading to the kidnap of over 15 persons and raping of several women from the area along the Nsukka-Adani-Umulokpa road in the last six months.
Speaking at the meeting, Enugu State leader of the Fulani community, Alhaji Haldo Saidu Baso, said that he had lived in Enugu State for over 33 years and would not be alive to witness the type of crises that they were talking about. The Fulani community reportedly resolved to talk to their people in the state to not take the laws into their hands.
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