At least five people have been confirmed dead when men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen invaded Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State in the early hours of yesterday.
It would be recalled that the attack is coming barely two days after security report revealed that Fulani herdsmen were going to invade the community with 500 other Fulani herdsmen from Nassarawa State.
It was gathered that the villagers were asleep when the attackers swooped on them and took them unawares.
Our correspondent gathered that many residents of Ukpabi-Nimbo fled their homes in droves when it dawned on them that there was danger.
The dead were taken to Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, by the police where they were deposited.
It was further gathered that the rampaging herdsmen overpowered a combined team of military and the mobile policemen who were drafted after the report of the invasion filtered into town.
The herdsmen came into Ukpabi-Nimbo very early on Monday morning with dangerous weapons and shooting sporadically as torched people’s homes.
When contacted, the transitional committee chairman of Uzo-Uwani, Local Government Area, Hon. Cornell Onwubuya stated that despite every effort he made to stop the Fulani herdsmen from carrying out their threats, they still went ahead to unleash mayhem on the community.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Public Relation Officer, Ebere Amaraizu has confirmed the incident and said that the Commissioner of Police, Nwaodibo Ekechukwu was already on ground with other security agencies to make sure the situation was brought under control.
Investigation revealed that displaced people in their hundreds have left Ukpabi-Nimbo to take refuge in Nsukka.
Nigerian Pilot’s inquiry reveals that the number corpses were brought to Nsukka by a tipper lorry.
“There were more than 20 corpses brought to Nsukka from Nimbo. People wailed when they beheld the corpses,” a source informed our correspondent.

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