Gunmen, believed to be herdsmen, stormed Opi-Agu community in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, resulting in the loss of three lives. The horrifying attack unfolded on Monday night, sending shockwaves through the region.
This unsettling event follows closely on the heels of another tragedy just two days prior, in which three individuals in Agbada Nenwe community, Aninri local government area, were brutally killed by masked gunmen who descended upon their community.
The assailants chose Enya Uhuchiri village as their target during the attack. Chidike Onyeke, one of the victims, met a gruesome fate in Agu Udele, while another was killed at Orie, adding to the mounting grief in the community.
According to a source within the community, who requested anonymity for security reasons, the attackers initially arrived with their cattle at around 4 pm on Monday, venturing into the farms of local villagers. Trouble began when these cattle began to consume and destroy crops and vegetables cultivated by the farmers, some of whom were still tending to their fields.
Tensions flared, prompting the villagers to insist that the herdsmen and their cattle leave their farms. The herdsmen temporarily departed but returned under the cover of darkness to unleash a wave of violence upon the villagers, leaving them with deep and devastating injuries.
The source elaborated, saying, “It happened that when they came with their cattle, the cattle started eating and destroying crops and vegetables planted by the farmers, some of whom were still in their farms. They (farmers) reacted and chased the herders with their cattle away and warned them never to return to the farms anymore. They actually ran away with their cattle, and nobody suspected anything evil until in the dead of the night when they invaded people’s houses and inflicted deep cuts on the people.”
The heart-wrenching news spread quickly through social media, with one villager sharing their despair, “We are now living in fear in the hands of Fulani herdsmen. I just confirmed the death of our brother who they killed yesterday night at Enya Uhuchiri. I also learned about the deaths of two others, including a woman. This is so sad.”
Efforts to obtain an official statement from the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, were met with the response that he had not yet been briefed on the incident. He has promised to respond appropriately as soon as he receives more information.
The community is left grappling with grief and fear, as they await further developments in this tragic and unsettling series of events.