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Thursday, 14 July 2016

Abia invaded by Fulani herdsmen ... Tension in the air

Some natives of the Abala community in Obingwa local govt of Abia have fled their homes following a reported attack by Fulani herdsmen.
Some natives of the Abala community in Obingwa local govt of Abia have fled
their homes following a reported attack by Fulani herdsmen.


Some natives of the Abala community in Obingwa local government of Abia state have fled their homes following a reported attack by Fulani herdsmen.

According to a report on The Sun, the natives were gripped with fear as the herdsmen stormed the community with over 200 cows reportedly, attacked farmers mostly women and destroyed their crops.

It was gathered that the herdsmen numbering over 10, attacked some women at their farms as well as traders from Akwa Ibom state who were on their way to the Orie market in the community.

Following the attack, a local source disclosed that the women went home and reported the matter to some elders of the community who in turn reported the matter to the police.

The source further said that the Fulani herdsmen were shooting sporadically to chase away the farmers but had to run when combined team of security personal arrived the area.

But with the thoughts that the herdsmen may return, some of the natives fled their homes and are now taking refuge in neighbouring communities.

This comes even as a community leader was quoted to have warned the community vigilance group not to take laws into their hands.

However, when contacted, ASP Ogbonnaya Nta, police public relations officer, Abia state police command, denied any knowledge of the incident.

Fulani herdsmen recently carried out deadly attacks in Benue state where about 81 people were reported dead in two local governments of the state.

For many years now farmer across various states of Nigeria have alleged the destruction of the farm products by Fulani herdsmen. These herdsmen in their many attacks have killed thousands of Nigerians in various communities.

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