About 100 people have been reported killed as suspected herdsmen invaded Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on Monday, April 25, 2016.
Some reports however said at least five people were killed in the attack, but according a Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Femi Fani-Kayode, 100 Igbo people were slaughtered by the herdsmen.
Confirming the incident, spokesman for the Enugu Police Command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told journalists in Nsukka that police are already at the scene to curtail the situation.
“The police are aware of the attack in Uzo-Uwani and the state commissioner of police is already there to ensure that the situation is brought under control,” he said, but did not any figure on casualties recorded.
“The police are also collaborating with sister security agencies like the army, civil defence and the Department of State Services to handle the situation.”
The Chairman of Uzo-Uwani local government, Mr Cornell Onwubuya, who also confirmed the incident, lamented that in spite of efforts to stop the crisis through dialogue, the suspected herdsmen continued to attack the people.
“Yes, there is serious problem in the local government as suspected herdsmen today attacked Nimbo community.
“Information reaching us said many people were killed but I do not know the actual number now,” he said.
According to an anonymous eyewitness, the herdsmen numbering about 300 stormed the community with guns and machetes, shooting sporadically and killing people.
“As they were killing the people, they were also setting houses and vehicles ablaze. Many people have been killed; I do not have the actual number.
“The residents of Nimbo and motorists have fled the community for safety,” the witness told NAN.
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It was gathered that scores of the people who fled from Nimbo are now taking refuge in some primary schools in Nsukka.