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Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Kill Seminarian, Injure 4 Others in Enugu | Governor says he’ll no longer tolerate such Attacks

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Armed-Fulani-herdsmenSome suspected herdsmen on Thursday attacked Ndiagu Attakwu Community of Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, killed a seminarian and injured four others, including a woman reported to be pregnant.

This is coming just days after the commission of inquiry into the killing by suspected fulani herdsmen in Nimbo community that left scores dead, submitted its interim report.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Emmanuel Ojukwu, who visited the community to assess the situation, said the attack took place in the early hours of Thursday.

Ojukwu commiserated with the families of the victims, the community and urged them to be calm.

“I sympathise with the family of the victims as well as the entire community over the incident,” he said.

He urged them not to panic as the police command in partnership with relevant stakeholders and the State Government had stepped into the incident.

Ojukwu said that anti-riot policemen, counter terrorism personnel and operatives of the homicide section of the State Criminal and Investigation Department had been deployed to the area to prevent any breakdown of law and order.

The commissioner also visited the injured persons at the Mother of Christ Hospital and Enugu State University of Science and Technology Teaching Hospital, Parklane.

He said that full scale investigations into the incident had commenced.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Chairman of Attakwu Autonomous Community, Ndubuisi Ogbodo said that the suspected herdsmen struck the community out of no justified provocation.

Ogbodo said that one Lazarus Nwankwo from Imo state, a final year student of Spiritan International School of Theology, was killed in the attack.

He said that a certain woman from the family of one Ogbodo Nwarum had on Wednesday tried to stop some cattle from grazing on her farm located at the back of her house.

“When the woman saw the cattle grazing on her farm, she sounded a gong which scared the cattle away from the premises.

The herdsmen got furious and challenged her on why she scared their cattle and threatened to come back for her.

The herdsmen later came back in the early hours of Thursday and invaded their compound during which the pregnant woman and three other members of her household were attacked with machete,” he said.

He said that the seminarian, who was a tenant in the compound, heard the shouts of the woman and her household and darted out to see what was happening but got killed.

Ogbodo said that the other four victims got deadly machete cuts and were critically ill and were receiving treatment in two hospitals.

Residents of the community who spoke on condition of anonymity blamed their ordeal on their traditional ruler who allegedly collected money from the herdsmen and gave them a portion of their land to settle.

They alleged that the traditional ruler was even given a contract by the herdsmen to grade the route leading to their settlement.

Reacting, the traditional ruler of the community, Greg Ugwu, said that he knew nothing of the settlement of the herdsmen in the community.

Ugwu said that the cattle breeders were already in the community before he was crowned as the traditional ruler, adding that he had no business with them.

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has expressed shock at the attack.

Ugwuanyi, who rushed to the community on receipt of the report of the invasion of the community in the early hours of Thursday, said the government would no longer tolerate such barbaric attack on his people.

“Even though the police are still conducting investigations into the matter, I hasten to condemn this act as the government cannot tolerate the wanton destruction of lives anywhere in the state under any guise,” he said.

11 Comments

  1. Prince

    August 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Mr Governor, its not by talking. Send those blood sucking demons out of your land. They have the largest part of Nigeria, they should take their cows there.
    Is it until they kill you that your spirit will start regretting what you would have done.

  2. nene+

    August 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Bella Naija your news are so stale!!
    Anyways good morning Mr Governor! Know that those who cried to Buhari over his “kinsmen” “his people”according to what he told Lam Adesina got no help. Re confirm from Ortom.

    You better sit up and deal decisively with the marauders.
    And to think that they want grazing reserve in all states?
    Waiting to hear that these” Libyan” herdsmen terrorise North East or North West. The Libyans must hate NC down to South East.!

  3. Toluwalope

    August 26, 2016 at 10:26 am

    We’re in a very big trouble in this country.
    The northern people have been more of cancer in the flesh of this country. Go to their land, you’ll get killed, allow them in your land , you’ll also get killed all in the name of religion they adopted.
    Most of the terrible issues and occurrences we’ve had as a country since independence have been caused by these set of people.
    Really hope we’ll go our separate ways one day.

    • Mr. D

      August 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Nobody has a monopoly of violence. The frequency with which these attacks occur is seriously disturbing. It has become all too common. Self-defence is the way to go. As a matter of fact, these murderous illiterates have stepped up their attacks because they think people are scared of them. The reluctance to be confrontational and vengeful should not be mistaken for weakness. These attacks have got to stop, and since our security forces are unable to tackle the situation, let the people rise to the occasion and defend themselves. BellnaijA, I have watered down my comment. Pls, don’t censor this one. I wonder why you guys censor certain comments. Whatever happened to freedom of expression?

  4. Busarni

    August 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Mumu Governor; so you were tolerating them before. If you cant protect lives and property under your watch then you are too weak to be a governor.
    The police will not be in a hurry to fish them out but name your dog buhari; you will be sent to prison. Enugu youths the ball is in your court. I wonder why out of all the ethnic groups in Nigeria; the hausa fulanis are always wrecking havoc.

    • Mr. D

      August 26, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Nobody has a monopoly of violence. The frequency with which these attacks occur is seriously disturbing. It has become all too common. Self-defence is the way to go. As a matter of fact, these murderous illiterates have stepped up their attacks because they think people are scared of them. The reluctance to be confrontational and vengeful should not be mistaken for weakness. These attacks have got to stop, and since our security forces are unable to tackle the situation, let the people rise to the occasion and defend themselves. BellnaijA, I have watered down my comment. Pls, don’t censor this one. I wonder why you guys censor certain comments. Whatever happened to freedom of expression?

  5. Kkay

    August 26, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Are fulani herdsmen now licensed to carry firearms?
    By who?
    If yes, every ethnic group should do same.
    Be Prepared! Boys Scout.

  6. nellyv

    August 26, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi mechie onu gi there. U hv been making this very comment of ur govt not going to tolerate attack since u came into office, u hv not done anything to protect Enugu people, u re scared of Buhari. Act Mr man and stop ranting

  7. nnenne

    August 26, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Igbos at large should come together and do something. Today, it is Enugu. Tomorrow it may be somewhere else.
    Aparently. Buhari, is the president of the North sand could care less. ( People are comparing him to Ojukwu, so he must be the leader of the north )..

    These killings have continued because since it’s inception in the 60s, nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to justice.

    • Kkay

      August 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

      @ Nnenne, “,I CONCUR”
      Let every Igbo community equip their people!!!

  8. The real somebody

    August 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    IPOB and Niger Delta Avengers there is work for you to do. This is what nation building is about; protecting your territory and the people in it.

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