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Anambra Community Living In Fear Over 2 Missing Herdsmen


Umuoba-Anam community in Anambra East Local Government Area of the State are now living in apprehension over two missing cattle herdsmen.
The two cattle breeders were said to have been abducted by some youths on their way to Otuocha at the weekend and their belongings found in the bush but have not been seen since then.

Narrating the incident, the leader of the Fulani in Anambra and Zonal Chairman (South-Eastern Nigeria) of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Sadiq Gidado, who spoke to newsmen in Awka, said the incident happened while cattle breeders grazed their cattle.


According to him, they were at Eziagulu-Otu community grazing and decided to go to Otuocha market all in the same local government to buy something, when they were abducted by unknown youths. He also explained  that while the two persons were missing, their belongings including caps and shoes that they took to the place had been recovered, except their motorcycle.

Gidado, however, said, “If they were killed, all we want to see is their bodies and we will be satisfied.  I don’t know why some people want to cause trouble after the peace accord with the state government and security operatives in Anambra.”

Father of 26-year-old Musa Nuhu, one of the two breeders, 60-year-old Alhaji Bello Nuhu, told newsmen that he had the feeling that his son had been killed by the youths since his shoes and caps were recovered and blood stains seen at the scene, a development that has kept him awake since then.

“I was in my house when I got a call and I rushed to the place and since then, I have been devastated and worried because my son is in charge of my cattle and the other siblings of his, cannot take care of the cattle.”


For 40-year-old Haruna Hassan, elder brother to 32-year-old Adamu Haruna, the second missing person, the incident has devastated him as only two of them were remaining and taking care of their late father’s cattle.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police, Samuel Okaula told newsmen in Awka, yesterday, that the information the police has was a case of missing persons, and also disclosed that the command was still investigating what happened in the community.

He further confirmed that his men have stormed all nooks and crannies of Umuoba-Anam community, including the bushes, to ensure that hoodlums do not take over the area.

Revealing that six people have been arrested in connection with the incident, Okaula assured that the command was not leaving any stone unturned and, that anybody involved in any unwholesome act would be made to face the law.

Source: The Sun


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