In separate assaults, suspected herdsmen murdered at least three villagers of Imama Ugbawka in Nkanu East and Umuhu Eha-Amufu in Enugu State’s Isi-Uzo Local Government Area.
The attack at Ugbawka took place on Tuesday, April 12, when herders allegedly invaded farmland and killed two labourers recruited from Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, to tend crops on the property; Eha-incident Amufu’s took place on Wednesday at Agba-Esher.
Odo Francis, a community leader in Umuhu, Eha-Amufu, who corroborated the event on Saturday, claimed the herders, numbering around seven, stopped the Nkalagu-Eha-Amufu Road.
“Unfortunately, an Okada rider from Amade Eha-Amufu carrying two people arrived at the location. They murdered him and kidnapped the two men. Our people were notified when Okibe Odo, a guy from Umuhu Eha-Amufu who almost missed death by the whiskers, shared the news “He stated.
“Our forest guards and neighbourhood watch (members) are now on the hunt for them. The victim’s body, Ifeanyi Odoebe, has been put in the mortuary.”
Chima Nwodo, a community leader from Imama Ugbawka who corroborated the raid, claimed people were warned by one of the labourers who escaped from the herders when they stormed the farm.
Chief Osita Ogbu, President-General of Imama Ugbawka Autonomous People, denounced the attack on his community as cruel and unwarranted.
“According to one of the survivors, there were six of these ranchers. When he (the survivor) alerted our people, we dispatched vigilantes to the farm, where they discovered the remains of the victims and contacted the police, Department of State Services, and the military. They arrived and discovered the mutilated bodies. The necks of the victims were slit.
Chief Steve Oruruo, the Special Adviser to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Information, who also heads the Ministry of Information, acknowledged the incident and urged security authorities to apprehend the perpetrators.