Fresh tension in Ukpabi Nimbo as herdsmen return
As members of Ukpabi Nimbo community, Uzouwani Council, Enugu state prepare to bury their relatives slaughtered on April 25 by fulani herdsmen, fresh tension gripped the town following the return of herdsmen to the area.
The burial of the 20 natives killed in an early morning invasion of the community by herdsmen has been fixed for June 17.
The Guardian however, gathered yesterday that herdsmen had returned and occupied some farmlands in the community since Monday.
Farmers were said to have sighted them on Monday morning on their way to their farms and had run back and reported to the community.
The development has raised fresh fears and tension in the community as many residents have reportedly fled, despite the presence of security personnel at strategic places in the community.
An alert was said was sent to the Enugu state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and state commissioner of police, Emmanuel Ojukwu yesterday on the development.
Ojukwu had mobilized the Area Commander for Nsukka M. B Kuryas who along with the Divisional Police Officer combed various farmlands in the area yesterday apparently in search of the herdsmen.
Confirming the development at his palace yesterday, traditional ruler of the community, Igwe John Akor said: “There is fresh fear in our community .My people have not gone to the farms since Monday. Some even fled the community on receiving the information. We have contacted the relevant authorities to report this latest development.
Nothing is as offensive and hurting as the fact that people who were killed few weeks ago are still in the mortuary and those injured still recuperating only for the killers to return here for grazing. My people are still mourning and we have let the president to know how pained we are”, he said
Igwe Akor demanded that herdsmen should leave their territory, stressing that the economic potentials of the community had been seriously hampered since the incident.