Eight persons have been killed in Mgbuji community, Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen. The ambush carried out by Fulani herdsmen also left hectares of farmland destroyed with a number of residents missing.
The community has linked the attack to threats by Fulani herdsmen who reportedly blamed Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) for their action.
It was gathered that the casualty figure may rise due to the number of persons injured. An eye witness, by the name Chinaza Akan, told The Sun Newspaper that one of the casualties was a pregnant woman. Her stomach was opened and the fetus removed.
The ugly incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at a border between Enugu community and Benue community. Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Eha-Amufu, Rt Rev Daniel Nkemjika Olinya, confirmed the attack.
The Anglican bishop said it was the third time violent Fulani herdsmen invaded Mgbuji community in 2021.
According to his words; “The last before this Sunday led to the death of six people. Five of them have not been buried. They came again this time and killed eight persons,” Bishop of Anglican Diocese of Eha-Amufu, Rt Rev Daniel Nkemjika Olinya stated.
Bishop Daniel Nkemjika Olinya further linked the killings to the eviction notice given to Fulani herdsmen in the community.
According to his words; “Some of those kidnapped and released said the Fulani herdsmen insisted that they would continue attacking the south eastern region until IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, dropped his agitations for Biafra Republic,” Bishop Daniel Nkemjika Olinya stated.
The Bishop recalled that the Police came on Monday to take the corpses away but were resisted by the community youths. The community people insisted that the police must sign an undertaking to release the corpses to the family members for burial. However, the Enugu State Police Command has commenced investigation into the attacks perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.
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