Fulani herdsmen at it again do not forget Northern Governors claims they are from Mali, Senegal, Chad and not herds men from northern Nigeria.
Altogether, 19 persons have not been found or seen therefore were declared missing in the community even as several others were also wounded with machetes by the invaders.
We gathered from a reliable source (inhabitant) that the Fulani herdsmen numbering over 30 emerged from the nearby bush and began to machete the people in the community last Thursday, killing their victims and maiming others with different kind of weapons before fleeing into the bush without a scratch.
Two of the unfortunate victims who they identified as Fidelis Okeja age 45, and his elder sister Mercy age 50. The victims Fidelis and Mercy were relaxing outside their compound around 6.30pm discussing when all of a sudden, hefty men numbering about 30 of them masked believed to be Fulani herdsmen emerged from nowhere and then instantly butchered them.
After that they went ahead and attacked other members of the community with machetes, burnt down houses before retreating into the bush unharmed. Investigations revealed that sporadic shooting by the suspected Fulani herdsmen sent fear into the inhabitants of other parts of the community who scampered for safety amid confusion.
An eye witness in the community said the people were taken unawares by Fulani herdsmen, adding that the police and members of the local vigilante group were yet to respond to cries of the people before the invaders escaped into the bush.
‘’The most worrisome aspect of the Fulani invasion of the community was that about 19 people are still missing as nobody can give account of them. Those missing were last seen on the fateful day. The community formed search parties in groups, combing bushes within and outside the community for days now, yet no sign of success has been recorded,’’ he revealed.
‘’We have lodged formal complaint at both Ada’ani police station and Police Area Command Nsukka, but no arrests have been made over the matter. The Fulani herdsmen were armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons when they invaded us.
“Two people killed while 19 missing, several others brutalised with deep machete cuts now lying critically down at various hospitals. “The corpses of the deceased Fidelis and Mercy have been deposited at Bishop Sanahan Hospital, Nsukka while the search for the missing 19 people continues,” he said.
Why a senior officer at the Police Area Command, Nsukka who spoke on the 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,” among others He, however, said that full investigations has commenced to untangle the circumstances surrounding the barbaric attack on the community. The Officer, however, said that the police were yet to receive the report of missing persons in the community on the account of the incident, but appealed to the community not to take laws into their hands by engaging in reprisal attack. Meanwhile, a team of anti-riot policemen has been drafted to the community to beef up security in the area and beyond