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General News of Friday, 7 January 2022

Source: www.mynigeria.com

Suspected herdsmen attack farm settlements in Enugu community, over 5 killed

Women and children of the community Women and children of the community

More than five women and children have lost their lives in an attack on Mgbuji autonomous community, Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

Reports indicated that the attackers took over the community on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 10 am.

The community's chief, Eric Abe described the unfortunate incident as horrific and unwarranted,

According to him, since January 1, more than 10 people have been killed in his community while many others were kidnapped for ransom.

Chairman of the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, Jacob Abonyi, confirmed the invasion, describing the frequent attacks on the Mgbuji community as unacceptable.

"When I got the information on Tuesday, I contacted the police but the Divisional Police Officer’s phone number was switched off and I immediately called the military," he said.

"About five days ago, we were battling with kidnapping in the same Mgbuji when the wife and daughter of Eugene Edeoga were kidnapped and they were just released on Monday.

"So, I called the military and we were ready this morning, including the Neighbourhood Watch and Forest Guard. Unfortunately, the soldiers that were already at Ikem said they got a call for another emergency from Uzo-Uwani and they decided to turn back and they have not returned

"That is the situation, but all our local security – Neighbourhood Watch and Forest Guards -are doing everything possible to calm the situation,” he added.

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