Not less than 20 people have been reportedly killed in Ukpabi,Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State by the Fulani herdsmen.
Police Public Relations Officer,Ebere Amaraizu confirmed the incident to our source. He said a combined team of police and Army have moved to the area.
“The police are aware of the attack in Uzo-Uwani and the state commissioner of police is already there to ensure that the situation is brought under control,” he said, but did not any figure on casualties recorded.
“The police are also collaborating with sister security agencies like the army, civil defence and the Department of State Services to handle the situation.”
The Chairman of Uzo-Uwani local government, Mr Cornell Onwubuya, who also confirmed the incident, lamented that in spite of efforts to stop the crisis through dialogue, the suspected herdsmen continued to attack the people.
“Yes, there is serious problem in the local government as suspected herdsmen today attacked Nimbo community.
“Information reaching us said many people were killed but I do not know the actual number now,” he said.
According to an anonymous eyewitness, the herdsmen numbering about 300 stormed the community with guns and machetes, shooting sporadically and killing people.
“As they were killing the people, they were also setting houses and vehicles ablaze. Many people have been killed; I do not have the actual number.
“The residents of Nimbo and motorists have fled the community for safety,” the witness told NAN.
Natives have fled to neighboring communities of Nkpologu and Uvuru, even as Nkpologu natives fled to Nsukka in fear of attacks.