Abbi community in Uzo -Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu state has been enveloped in fear as Fulani Herdsmen invaded the community and unleashed terror on the villagers, killing a brother and sister and also razing down several houses and motorcycles.
According to reports, the Fulani men numbering over 30 had emerged from their hiding places and began its attack, unleashing mayhem in the community.
During the attack, two relations identified as Fidelis Okeja, and Mercy are alleged to have been killed while they were sitting outside their compound around 6.30pm.
The Fulani herdsmen, it was learnt had shot sporadically, sending shivers into inhabitants of the other parts of the community who scampered for safety amidst the confusion.
An unnamed eyewitness who spoke on the terror said,
‘’The most worrisome aspect of the Fulani invasion of the community was that about 19 people are still missing as nobody can give account of them.
Those missing were last seen on the fateful day. The community formed search parties in groups, combing bushes within and outside the community for days now, yet no sign of success has been recorded,’’ he noted.
‘’We have lodged a formal complaint at both Adani police station and Police Area Command Nsukka, but no arrests have been made over the matter.
The Fulani herdsmen were armed to the teeth with dangerous weapons when they invaded us.
“Two people killed while 19 missing, several others brutalised with deep machete cuts now lying critically down at different hospitals.
“The corpses of the deceased Fidelis and Mercy have been deposited at Bishop Sanahan Hospital, Nsukka while the search for the missing 19 people continues,” he said.
A senior officer at the Police Area Command, Nsukka who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the story describing the attack on Abbi community as pathetic and sorrowful as two biological relations were killed and several others wounded,” among others.
He however, said that full-scale investigations has commenced unravelling the circumstances surrounding the barbaric attack on the community.
The Officer, however, said that the police were yet to receive the report of missing persons in the community on the account of the incident, but appealed to the community not to take laws into their hands by engaging in a reprisal attack.
Meanwhile, a team of anti-riot policemen has been drafted to the community to beef up security in the area.