February 15, 2016

2 dead, 19 missing as Fulani herdsmen invade Enugu community

Note that the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria Police Force has reacted to this news story which was published precisely on 14th February, 2016, describing it as “a reoccurring old story” that should be disregarded, accordingly.

A statement by the command Public Relations Officer (PRO), SP Ebere Amaraizu, on 22nd of February 2018 stated that the force is worried over the reoccurrence of the story in the “Most Commented” section of Vanguard online, saying: “This is obviously an old story which the command had promptly and diligently handled in 2015”.

SP Amaraizu said that there is no any issue between the herdsmen and their host communities in Enugu State, maintaining that the entire state has remained peaceful and calm.

He therefore, advised members of the public, particularly the people of the state to always disregard the online report in the event reoccurrence, disclosing that the command is in contact with the media organization to prevent future occurrence of such “misleading and frightening report”.

By Chinenyeh Ozor
Two members of a family have been reported killed by Fulani herdsmen, 19 others declared missing, with seven houses and several motorcycles burnt in Abbi community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State.

It was gathered that the herdsmen, numbering over 30, wounded several villagers when they invaded the community in the wee hours of Thursday, attacking the villagers with machetes before fleeing into the bush. A senior officer at the Police Area Command, Nsukka, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the story, describing the attack on Abbi community as pathetic and sorrowful as two biological relations were killed and several others wounded. Meanwhile, a team of anti-riot policemen has been drafted to the community to maintain peace.