Fulani Herders Attacks Enugu Community, Kill Two, Injured Many, Houses Burnt

by J.J Olawuyi

Yet again, Agu-Amede in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State has come under heavy attack as armed men, said to be herdsmen, invaded Imamamaru village.

The assailants killed two villagers and injured several others.

The bandits also burnt about four houses, SaharaReporters learned on Tuesday.

SaharaReporters gathered that the incident occurred on Saturday, some days after a similar attack at Isiado village which left two people dead.

SaharaReporters reported on Monday that bandits suspected to be Fulani herders launched an attack on a community in the area, killing one person.

The recent attack in Isiado and Imamamaru villages has forced people to flee their homes.

Aged women, pregnant and nursing mothers, and children are being relocated to neighboring communities and villages which are safer, a community source told SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

A community leader, Ephraim Ogbu, who confirmed Saturday’s incident to SaharaReporters, decried the unprovoked attacks.

“The second attack at Imamamaru Agu-Amede after killing those two people at Isiado Agu-Amede. Our people are currently living in danger,” he said.

“A young man who is currently lying in a hospital bed was inside his house at Imamamaru village when the invaders launched the attack. Immediately he ran out of his house, they grabbed him and macheted him. You can see what they did to him. We don’t know whether he will survive it. How can someone stay in his house and a foreigner will attack him and want to still live in that community?

“We learned that the herders engaged soldiers deployed in Eha-Amufu when they were patrolling the community. So, the soldiers engaged and overpowered them. They retreated and when the soldiers left, they launched the attack on innocent residents.”

SaharaReporters reported on January 3, 2024, that gunmen suspected to be herders had launched an attack on Agu-Amede community in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu, killing two young men who were there for Christmas celebration.

It reported that communities in Eha-Amufu town including Agu-Amede, Mgbuji, and Abor witnessed large-scale attacks in 2021 and 2022 by herders in collaboration with militias from Benue State.

Efforts by SaharaReporters to get the reaction of the spokesperson for the state police command, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, failed as he did not answer his calls or respond to a text message sent to him.

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