Herdsmen attack a community in Enugu, kill pregnant woman, 7 others, destroy farmland

herdsmen attack a community in enugu, kill pregnant woman, 7 others, destroy farmland
herdsmen attack a community in enugu, kill pregnant woman, 7 others, destroy farmland

Eight people were reportedly killed and several others injured when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the Mgbuji community in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State and destroyed farmlands.

Daily Sun reports that several farm settlers and others caught in the farm were attacked by the armed herdsmen who invaded the community on Sunday afternoon, August 1.
One of those who died in the incident, Chinaza Akan, told a villager she witnessed the massacre. She said the armed herdsmen took a pregnant woman’s stomach and fetus and then killed her.

According to reports, Ogbuabor Joseph Udoka was one of the victims, who graduated from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike, formerly Federal University of Agriculture Umudike. 

It was on his way home from the farm settlement, Chukwuma Sunday said, that Udoka met his untimely death. 
The villagers complained that the attacks have increased in recent times with massive casualties, and the Police and the state government have done little to stop the attacks.

In an interview with Daily Sun, Rt Rev Daniel Nkemjika Olinya, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Eha-Amufu, described the inhumane behavior of the suspected herdsmen as horrifying and horrific.

Herdsmen attacks in farm settlements in the affected Mgbuji community and its neighbours have been on the rise, and the government has not done enough to stop them.
“This is the third time the armed herdsmen are invading the Mgbuji community this year, aside from indiscriminate kidnappings which we have lost count of. Most of the time, they invade the community, kidnap and kill the victims, many of them. The last attack before this Sunday’s attack led to the death of six people. Five of them have not been buried and, now they came again this time and killed eight persons,’ he said.

“Some people have suggested the recent increase in attacks may be linked to the eviction notice given to the herdsmen and other conditions that are unacceptable to the herdsmen.

People who were kidnapped and then released by armed herdsmen recently stated that the herdsmen insisted that they would continue their criminal activities until IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, drops his agitations for Biafra.

Bishop Olinya also confirmed that the Police came on Monday, 24 hours after the attacks, with the intention of removing the corpses, but they were resisted by community members because they had not released other corpses that were in their custody for burial.
Several community members said the police asked them to sign an undertaking before releasing the corpses to the family members for burial. However, the undertaking was not favourable to the community; thus, they withheld their signatures.

He said that part of the undertaking was to allocate land to the Fulani people, accept and live together with them whenever they return to the community, and that was unacceptable to the community members, so the bodies are still with the police.

He called on the Enugu government to take action on these armed herdsmen.

“Our people are living in fear and anxiety. They no longer go to their farms because these armed herdsmen have occupied locations where food are produced for local consumption and supply to the state.
“The Anglican Bishop said the state government is aware of what’s happening in the community contrary to the belief that they are unaware, but the government has deliberately refused to take strong actions against the activities of herdsmen.

“Unfortunately, the state government had chosen to shift their responsibilities to members of the Neighborhood Security Watch Outfit who are obviously ill-equipped to confront these armed herdsmen. Neither modern weapons, logistics, operational vehicles nor motivations were provided to enable them to respond to the attacks.

“These armed herdsmen rape and kill our women and men who go to the farm for one reason or another. The implication is that there might be a scarcity of food next year, and that could be disastrous and have a significant impact on the economy of Eha-Amufu and beyond. Imagine that a basin of garri that used to be sold at N2,500 has risen to N10,000 to N12,000. People, unarguably, are dying of hunger.”

Meanwhile, one of the members of the neighbourhood watch in the community who pleaded anonymity also confirmed the development and accused the security agents, particularly the police of championing the interest of the armed herdsmen.

“Why would they take custody of the remains of the victims of the previous herdsmen attacks, insisting that the community must sign an undertaking which, obviously, was unrealistic and unfavourable to the community. Police insisted that the community must provide land for the herdsmen for habitation which is not possible. These herdsmen are wicked, deadly, and not people we can live with,” he told Daily Sun.

Herdsmen attack a community in Enugu, kill pregnant woman, 7 others, destroy farmland
Herdsmen attack a community in Enugu, kill pregnant woman, 7 others, destroy farmland
Herdsmen attack a community in Enugu, kill pregnant woman, 7 others, destroy farmland
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