Uneasy calm has enveloped residents of Akwuke in Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State, following an attack letter purportedly written by Fulani herdsmen informing them of their intention to invade the community.
Also, there is palpable tension in Igbo-Ukwu community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, following the presence of over 100 strangers believed to be Fulani refugees, last Monday.
This is coming barely two weeks after a similar attack was carried out on Ukpabi-Nimbo, another community in the state.
The alleged letter has thrown the community into panic.
It was gathered that some youths from Akwuke went to the hill where Fulanis have settled and told them to stop erecting block houses instead of the thatch house they were known for since they did not buy the land.
According to a source, the Fulanis confronted the youths which led to a scuffle during which one of them allegedly sustained an injury.
Consequently, the Fulanis, displaying utter impunity, vowed to attack the community which led to the purported letter which was pasted on a wall.
The source disclosed that residents are keeping vigil, while others sleep elsewhere.
An elderly man who spoke to Nigerian Pilot said he has heard about the letter, pointing out that people now sleep early, especially when it was rumoured that a trailer load of Fulanis have been conveyed from the north to the area in readiness for the attack.
The source also said that since then, cows have been destroying farms, while community members have showed restraint in the face of undue provocation.
Efforts to get the police spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, to comment on the purported letter was fruitless as at the time of filing this report as he did not reply to a text message.
It would be recalled that security operatives were informed in advance about the attack on Nimbo, but did nothing to avert it.
In Igbo-Ukwu community in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra State, there is palpable fear following the presence of over 100 strangers believed to be Fulani refugees, last Monday.
According to a source, although it is unknown if there are herdsmen among the fleeing Fulanis, but they were seen trooping into the community for safety, having fled Enugu State for fear of being attacked by angry youths and their presence has made the villagers uncomfortable.
The source said the refugees who relocated with their families including children and oldies, as well as their personal belongings, moved straight to the Hausa-Fulani community in Igbo-Ukwu where they were received by their members.
Traditional ruler of Igbo-Ukwu community, His Royal Highness, Igwe Barrister Martin Ezeh, Idu II, who confirmed this development, said he had personally visited the refugees and told them not to panic as long as they do not cause trouble, assuring them of their safety. He said he advised his subjects to accommodate the refugees in the spirit of one Nigeria.
Igwe Ezeh said it is not the custom in Igboland to chase out someone who runs to you for safety, although he noted that it would only be a different thing if the stranger constitutes a security risk to the host community “and that will not be tolerated.”
The monarch stated that he believes in unity in diversity and called on all ethnic nationalities in Nigeria to see themselves as one which is the only panacea to lasting peace in the country. He identified tribal sentiments as the bane of peace and national integration.
“Talking about Boko Haram, Indigenous People of Biafra, Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, or any other self-actualisation group is rubbish. That will not help us. Let us avoid tribal sentiments and live as one Nigeria,” the Igwe said.
He advised against reprisals in the face of the recent attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Enugu State, stressing that the federal and state governments should beef up security in rural communities where Fulani herdsmen take their cattle for grazing. The monarch said there is need to make local vigilante groups functional and work in tandem with the police to contain any insurgency before it escalates.

READ ALSO  Abia to establish 9,000-hectare free trade zone

  • dangle

    Armed fulani herdsmen who kill at ease currently were d foot soldiers
    recruited to ignite d country shuld PMB fails d election.