Tension in 2 S/East communities over fear of herdsmen attack


Uneasy calm has enveloped residents of Akwuke in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, following an attack letter purportedly written by Fulani herdsmen informing them of their intention to invade the community.
Also, there is palpable tension in Igbo-Ukwu community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, following the presence of over 100 strangers believed to be Fulani refugees, last Monday.
This is coming barely two weeks after a similar attack was carried out on Ukpabi-Nimbo, another community in the state.
The alleged letter has thrown the community into panic.
It was gathered that some youths from Akwuke went to the hill where Fulanis have settled and told them to stop erecting block houses instead of the thatch house they were known for since they did not buy the land.
According to a source, the Fulanis confronted the youths which led to a scuffle during which one of them allegedly sustained an injury.
Consequently, the Fulanis, displaying utter impunity, vowed to attack the community which led to the purported letter which was pasted on a wall.
The source disclosed that residents are keeping vigil, while others sleep elsewhere.
An elderly man who spoke to Nigerian Pilot said he has heard about the letter, pointing out that people now sleep early, especially when it was rumoured that a trailer load of Fulanis have been conveyed from the north to the area in readiness for the attack.
The source also said that since then, cows have been destroying farms, while community members have showed restraint in the face of undue provocation.
Efforts to get the police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, to comment on the purported letter was fruitless as at the time of filing this report as he did not reply to a text message.
It would be recalled that security operatives were informed in advance about the attack on Nimbo, …Read More

Source:: Nigerian Pilot