On Sunday night suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked a farm settlement in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Council in Enugu State and reportedly killed many farmers and many were injured.
It was gathered that the herdsmen, attacked Obie Aku farm camp. The development sent shivers in the spin of the community yesterday.
The incident is coming about five years after gun-wielding herdsmen attacked the Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzouwani and killed several persons. The invaders swooped on the natives in the early hours of the day and killed as much as they could and fled. That was on April 25, 2016.
The Police were able to recover only three young men on the farm with various machete cuts on their bodies and rushed them to the hospital, where they are receiving treatment.
Monday morning, some of the villagers were searching the bushes near the farm settlement in search of more victims of the attack.
The three wounded persons recovered from the attack were Melly Nwodo from Umugwuocha Mgboko; Nnadi Arinze from Umudikwu Aloke Nua and Opia Apeh from Ogwurogwu, all in Uzouwani council.
One of the sources said;
“The farmers usually move from their communities to the settlement during the farming period, explaining that “it is not only farmers from Uzouwani that settle there, but others also come from other neighboring communities that share a boundary with the people of Uzouwani”
“Apart from the farmers from Uzouwani, there are Fulani herdsmen who have settled in the area and graze their cattle from there. I know that they do disagree, especially when the cows eat up crops in the farmland, but they usually settle whatever grievances they have. That is why we are still shocked by this incident. We don’t know the motive for the attack and how many people were involved but this is certainly not a good one”.
Another source stated that the attack was provoked by the insistence for compensation by one of the farmers whose crops were destroyed by the cattle.
“The herders agreed to pay but paid only N70,000. They turned back and played ambush on the farmer and killed him. Other farmers were attacked in the process. I don’t know how many of them that were killed in the incident for now”.
Enugu Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe in a statement has said:
“Following information received at Nimbo Police Division in the early hours of today, 26/07/2021(yesterday), alleging that yet-to-be-identified hoodlums attacked some persons in a location at Opanda Village in Nimbo Community of Uzo-Uwani LGA, Police Operatives attached to the Division raced to the scene and found 3 young men with degrees of machete cuts. They were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital, where they are responding to treatment.
Mohammed Ndatsu Aliyu, the Commissioner of Police has ordered a thorough investigation to be carried out in order to reveal the circumstances surrounding the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice. He also told the residents of the area to remain calm and assist the Police with useful information”.