Three residents of Imama Ugbawka in Nkanu East and Umuhu Eha-Amufu in Enugu State’s Isi-Uzo Local Government Area have been killed by suspected herdsmen.
According to reports, several other people were injured in the Tuesday and Wednesday attacks.
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The herders allegedly invaded farmland in Ugbawka on Tuesday and killed two labourers hired from Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, to cultivate crops on the farm; Eha-incident Amufu’s occurred on Wednesday at Agba-Esher.
Odo Francis, a community leader in Umuhu, Eha-Amufu, said herders armed with AK-47s had blocked the Nkalagu-Eha-Amufu Road.
“Unfortunately, an Okada rider from Amade Eha-Amufu who was carrying two persons got to the point. They killed him and abducted the two men. Our people were alerted when a man from Umuhu Eha-Amufu identified as Okibe Odo, who escaped death by the whiskers broke the news.
“Now, our forest guards and neighbourhood watch (members) are on their trail. The body of the victim, Ifeanyi Odoebe, has been deposited in the morgue.”
Chima Nwodo, a community leader from Imama Ugbawka who confirmed the attack, said residents were alerted by one of the laborers who escaped from the herders when they invaded the farm.
Chief Osita Ogbu, President-General of Imama Ugbawka Autonomous Community, described the attack on his community as callous and unprovoked.