Tragedy struck in the sleepy Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani council of Enugu state on Monday as rampaging Fulani herdsmen attacked the area killing scores of residents, mostly farmers, and destroyed property worth millions of naira.
Sources in the area put the casualty figure at 48, though the police is yet to give a definite figure.
Sixty persons reportedly sustained varying degrees of injuries while tens of residential buildings were equally torched, according to sources in the area.
Eyewitness accounts had it that the herdsmen in their numbers invaded the community in the early hours of Mondaywith guns, bows and arrows, machetes and swords and ensured that any human being within sight was hacked down.
But for the arrival of a combined team of police and military personnel led by the Police Commissioner in the state, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, in the community, the situation would have degenerated and perhaps gone out of hand as they made efforts to repel the attack.
A Facebook user Aluma Jona Enyi posted the photos above alleging that they are corpses of victims of the attack. Below is what he wrote:
“There is fire on the mountain , another mass killing and property destructions by Fulani herdsmen in Nimbo community in Uzo Uwani LGA of Enugu state just like what they did in Agatu, Benue state. many people ar confirmed dead now, many properties are destroyed including church buildings, cars, schools, residential houses etc. They have been terrorizing the community since 3am today. the people of the community have ran out from their various homes to unknown destination for safety, Wen I called the commission of police Enugu state dis morning, he said that they ar on top of the situation… though I later learnt that army has surrounded every nook and cranny of the community but someone 4rm the community told me that many people have been killed nd many properties have been destroyed before the arrival of military men. What annoys me most is that the information came three days ago that Fulani herdsmen are going to Uzo Uwani LGA to fight, we notified all the security agencies and military men have been around the whole places since two days, just yesterday they left that Fulani started killing people, they blocked the road leading to Ugbene Ajima (the neighboring community) thereby blocking entrance into the community under their attack. none arrest has been made so far as the herdsmen have fled to unknown place. I tink dis is high time we expunge these evils in human form out of our land. I totally condemn the killing, am calling on traditional rulers, local govt chairman, Enugu state government and all the relevant stakeholders and agencies in our state to profile a lasting solution to this ugly trend in our place, we can’t continue to be living in fear in our own land, the other time it was in Abbi community, today it is in Nimbo, who knows the next communuity they will attack. For now more than ten people are confirmed dead. Many people are yet to come back home and their phone lines are switched off, who knows whether they are dead or alive. These herdsmen have been perpetrating all kinds of heinous crimes in our land.. I want the local govt chairman to ban them from entering our area for now. These people are boko haram in disguise. If we don’t do something now their next attack may be disastrous. May God save us from our enemies……..Amen…”