At attack on Nimbo Community Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Monday has left no fewer than five persons dead and scores of others wounded.
The suspected Fulani herdsmen who struck without any resistance in spite of earlier security reports about impending attack on the area by herdsmen reportedly razed at least 20 houses down.
Following the security report, the Chairman of Uzo-Uwani LGA had summoned the leaders of the Fulani community to a meeting where they assured him that no such attack would take place.
But, less than 24 hours after the meeting, the herdmen invaded Nimbo with guns and machetes, shooting sporadically and attacking the residents.
An eyewitness, who managed to escape, said the herdmen were about three hundred in number and armed with guns and machetes.
“They were shooting people and setting their houses ablaze. There was no resistance, even from security operatives who were earlier alerted about the impending attack,
“Residents of Nimbo community and motorists have been scattered as people scamper for safety to avoid being killed,” our source said.
When contacted the Chairman of Uzo-Uwani, Mr. Cornell el Onwubuya confirmed the incident. Onwubuya regretted that all efforts to stop the attack via peace talk with leaders of Fulani herdsmen did not yield the desired results.
“Yes there is serious problem in my local government as suspected Fulani herdsmen today attacked Nimbo community. According to information reaching us, many of our people have been killed, but I do not know the actual number now,” the council boss said.
Spokesman of Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amarizu also confirmed the incident but said the Enugu state Police Commissioner, Mr. Ekechukwu Nwodibo Ekechukwu, had already moved to Uzowan local government to ensure that normalcy was returned.
‘Yes the police are aware of the attack in Uzo-Uwani and State Police Commissioner is already there to ensure that situation was brought under control.
“Police is collaborating with sister security agencies, like army, Civil Defence, State Security Service,” he said
However many residents of Nsukka town wept uncontrollably when the five sliced bodies brought from Nimbo killed herdsmen were brought to be deposited at Bishop Shanahan Hospital Nsukka
A resident, who gave his name as Mr. Dennis Ezema, urged federal government to do something urgently to issue of herdsmen and host communities in the country.
“It’s unfortunate that people can be mercilessly killed by another person without human feeling. You can see how these people are killed and sliced like bread. People should respect the sanctity of human life,” he said