Suspected herdsmen stormed Anambra West Local Government Area of Anambra State, killed six people, some of them beheaded, on their trail.
According to an eyewitness, Mr Orjiako Nnaluo, who spoke with journalists, the herdsmen during the weekend, invaded farm settlements such as Agweopia Camp, Iyiogbu Camp and Iyinkolo, killed people, burnt houses and raped women.
Nnaluo said the herdsmen killed six people, leaving about 30 others with various degrees of injuries; he added that the injured have been taken to the hospital for treatment. Daily Post reports
He stated that all the local farmers had all uninhabited the area while they were still trying to recover from a previous attack by the herdsmen, just as he urged the federal and state government to take actions in probing herdsmen attacks.
Reacting to the incident, the Anglican Bishop of Mbamili Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Henry Okeke condemned the killings while describing it as unfortunate, obnoxious and inhuman.
“the incident is going to affect not only the economy of our state but the country generally. It has been confirmed; I got the news this morning about the killings. Now, following the incident, farmers have left their farmlands.”
“The Fulani people are also on the run, I want to say it clearly that the Federal Government has the key, They leaders of the herdsmen should be summoned, The government of Anambra State instructed farmers through their Igwes to allow herdsmen graze their cattle, but the word ‘allow’ must be interpreted because when you say allow, what do you mean?”
“Is it to allow them to graze and destroy farms crops? Is it to allow them to continue to cause trouble? If you allow someone to stay in your land and do his business, there must be restrictions, there must be a borderline, of course, you know that 99.9 per cent of Anambra West are farmers. They are farmers or do you expect farmers to fold their arms and watch the herdsmen kill them and destroy their farms?”
“Anambra West is a hospitable environment people who are so much accommodating. They have accommodated the herdsmen over the years, who have turned against them, killing and maiming their hosts, “ the Bishop said.
The Spokesman of the Anambra State Police Command, Mr Haruna Muhammed (SP), said: “How do you know they are Fulani herdsmen? The attackers are not confirmed yet. There was an incident at Anambra West Local Government Area and police are still investigating it.”