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Schools shut as Fulani herdsmen launch fresh attack in Enugu community

The reported attack is happening while the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase is at Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani council area where a similar attack occurred two days ago and left scores dead.

A source told DAILY POST that, “Yes, there is trouble between the Fulani herdsmen and indigenes of Umuchigbo.

“The trouble started this afternoon. The causality figure is not yet known.

“But school children have been asked to go home. It is not yet known if security men have arrived.”

It was further gathered that last week, a Fulani herdsman stabbed an Umuchigbo citizen and they retaliated.

“Today, the Fulanis mobilised to attack a school. Umuchigbo mobilised and managed to chase them away; all is now calm. However, there are genuine concerns that they will return anytime soon,” the source added.

However, the police in a reaction through a statement by the Enugu Command’s spokesman, DSP Ebere. Amaraizu blamed rumour mongers over the report.

He said in the statement that “the attention of the Enugu State command of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to the rumour making the rounds that some violent herdsmen have invaded Umuchigbo Abakpa Nike and other communities and that the communities have been deserted.

“The command wishes to make it categorically clear that this is not only false but baseless and unfounded.

“Meanwhile, the command has, however, fortified security in that axis in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to ensure that there is no breach of peace in the area.

“Members of the public, particularly residents and people of the state should go about their normal lawful pursuits without fear, while rumour peddlars are warned to desist from such or face the full wrath of the law.”

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