JUST IN: Fulani Herdsmen Attacks Abia Community, Five Persons critically Injured
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Okubi said that the matter was made more painful by the fact that the suspected Fulani herdsmen would uproot the cassava and yam for their cows to eat, including trampling on the entire farm land, thereby making it difficult for our people to harvest their farm produce.
He said: “The herdsmen are trying to make our people to go hungry as they have decided to lead their cows to feed on our crops which are our main source of livelihood instead of the grass they normally graze their cows on, this is the height of provocation.”
"On Friday afternoon when one of our men went to his rice farm with his family members to carry home harvested rice, he saw that the herdsmen had led their cattle to the heap of harvested rice where they fed”.
“The plea of the farmer to the herdsmen to take the herd of cattle away from the rice fell on deaf ears as they rather drew their machete and gave several cuts on the man, who only survived because he was able to escape from the rampaging herdsmen”.
"The members of the man’s family escaped and raised the alarm in the community which drew the attention of the youths, who rushed to the scene of the event to ascertain what was going on only for them to be attacked by the herdsmen".
"By the time the youths arrived the scene the herdsmen who were already spoiled for war opened fire on them with their AK 47 assault rifles and inflicted machete cuts on them leaving six of them fatally wounded”.
Okubi said that the situation was saved by the timely arrival of the state chairman of the Farmers/Herdsmen conflict resolution committee and state Commissioner of Police Leye Oyebade and a team of police men from the Arochukwu division of the Nigeria Police led by the DPO, and accompanied by the officer in charge of the police station in the area.
The transition committee chairman of Arochukwu council area, Chief Amah Abraham Nnanna and his deputy, Kingsley Ngunu also helped to salvage what would have been a bloody clash between the herdsmen and the community members.
When contacted on phone, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) Ogbonnaya Nta confirmed the incident, adding that the CP’s arrival and the manner he handled the conflict helped to save the situation.