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Scores Injured As Herdsmen Hit Abia Community

by on December 2, 2016
 
Fulani herdsmen on Wednesday, invaded another community, Ozuitem in Bende Local Government Area of Abia State injuring scores with one of them in a critical condition at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Umuahia.
The attack is the third within a month in dif­ferent parts of state espe­cially Abia North as the security agents seemed overwhelmed by the ram­paging herdsmen.
From his hospital bed at the emergency ward of FMC where doctors are battling to save his life, one of the victims , Mr. Sunday Oru, said he es­caped by whiskers.
According to him, countless herdsmen with over 3,000 cows stormed the community in the recent times destroying farm lands and crops.
The 40 year old father of seven said pleas by the farmers for the herdsmen to leave the community were ignored as the no­mads vowed to rather fight, conquer them and occupy their land if they attempt to evict them.
Continuing, he said a member of the communi­ty on Wednesday went to his rice farm only to dis­cover it had been invaded by cows which were graz­ing on it while the herds­men chased him away.
He said the man ran back to the community and alerted other mem­bers who mobilised to the scene.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Ogbonnaya Nta, confirmed the inci­dent but said the police was on top of the situa­tion.
The the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Dr Eme Okoro, an indigene of the commu­nity, expressed sadness over the attack. He said that the herdsmen had threatened to feed on his three hectares of cassava farm.
The SSG said he got wind of the possible at­tack on his community about three days earlier and alerted the Assistant Inspector-General of Po­lice (AIG) for Zone 9 and wondered why no action was taken to prevent the attack.

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