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20 Killed As Fulani Herdsmen In Enugu, Ukpabi Nimbo Community



About 20 persons in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian
community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area
of Enugu State, were feared dead during an attack
by Fulani herdsmen on Monday.
It was learnt that scores of armed cattle
herdsmen, reportedly numbering more then a
hundred, swooped on the sleepy community in the
early hours of Monday.
Sources in the community disclosed that
continuous gunshots were heard as the
rampaging herdsmen moved to sack villagers
from their homes.
Apart from guns, bows and arrows and machetes,
or swords, were also wielded by the herdsmen, it
was learnt.
Many of the villagers escaped to neighboring
communities in the Uzo-Uwani area, but it was
gathered that people in the nearby towns are also
worried about possible attacks from the
herdsmen.
A police source told our correspondent that, as of
the time of filing this report, the corpses of five
persons who died in the attack had been
recovered.
Our correspondent learnt that the corpses, which
were deposited at the morgue in Bishop Shanahan
Hospital, Nsukka, were recovered from farmlands.
There were indications that more bodies would be
recovered, as our correspondent learnt that the
combined team of police and military personnel,
who moved into the community to repel the
attack, were yet to get to all the affected areas.
Also, sources in the Ukpabi Nimbo community
insist more than 20 of their kith and kin were
killed before rescue could come.
However, Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu
State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who
informed to our correspondent that the
Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu,
led other officers and men to the area, said the
total number of casualties could not be
ascertained as of the time of filing this report.
Amaraizu, who spoke with our correspondent on
the telephone, said the situation in the community
had been brought under control.
“We moved in to ensure that the situation did not
degenerate beyond control and right now
everything is under control.
“The Commissioner of Police is there with other
officers and men and the area is being secured.
“We can’t give the total number of casualties yet,
it is when the operation is concluded that we will
collate figures and give a definite number,”
Amaraizu said.
Many members of the Ukpabi Nimbo community,
who are mostly farmers, have their homes around
their farmlands.
It was gathered that several houses, as well as
farms and crops, were also destroyed by the
herdsmen.
Our correspondent learnt that the herdsmen had
previously fallen out with the villagers over their
grazing activities in the community.
Sources in the community disclosed that the
villagers had been resisting the use of their
farmlands as grazing fields by the herdsmen.
It was equally learnt that the situation further
degenerated after some herdsmen who operate in
Ukpani Nimbo and other communities in the Uzo-
Uwani area claimed that their cows were missing.
There were also claims by the herdsmen that
some of their colleagues were killed in the area.
The villagers alleged that most of the herdsmen
that were involved in Monday’s attack were
‘imported’ from Nasarawa State by other Fulani
herdsmen who were already operating in Enugu.
Our correspondent gathered that, before the
herdsmen struck on Monday, there was tension in
Ukpabi Nimo and other communities in the Uzo-
Uwani area over widespread rumour that about
500 herdsmen were mobilising to attack them.
It was learnt that the villagers, in anticipation of
an imminent attack by herdsmen, had alerted the
Enugu State Government, and the leadership of
the Enugu State Police Command.
According to sources, the Chairman, Transition
Committee, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area,
Cornell Onwubuya, who was said to have
informed the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi,
and the police commissioner, Nwodibo
Ekechukwu, of the fears nursed by villagers, also
met the leadership of the Hausa-Fulani
community in the area over the matter.
Interestingly, the rumoured planned attack by 500
herdsmen was the subject of an emergency
stakeholders meeting in the Uzo-Uwani area
council during the weekend, hours before the
herdsmen struck.
The meeting, reportedly, also deliberated on
incessant herdsmen-related problems in the area,
including several cases of murder, kidnappings
and rape recorded in the recent past.
At the meeting, Onwubuya, chairman of the Uzo-
Uwani local council, reportedly disclosed that
some leaders of the Hausa-Fulani community had
confirmed the rumoured plan by the herdsmen to
launch an attack in the area.
Also at the said emergency stakeholders meeting,
leaders of the Hausa-Fulani community in Enugu
reportedly assured that they would take urgent
steps to avert the planned attack.
However, the attack still went ahead, as planned,
despite the prior notice given to the authorities,
and the assurances given at the stakeholders
meeting.

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