There are indications that Fulani herdsmen have regrouped in bushes on Iga community’s corridor, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, to launch another deadly attack on the people of the area.
Tension has heightened in Iga, an Igala-speaking community about 46 kilometrre from Nimbo in the same Uzo-Uwani council area that witnessed the bloodiest attack by Fulani terrorists last Monday.
The natives said weekend that the herdsmen were planning another attack on their people as they were said to be regrouping in bushes near the Iga community’s corridor.
It was gathered that the natives have resorted to self-help as they have armed themselves to ward off impending threats, following perceived inaction from security operatives in neighbouring Nimbo community.
A source said on Sunday that the herdsmen had regrouped in bushes on Iga community’s corridor to launch another attack on the community.
The source revealed that the herdsmen might have been emboldened by the high casualty rate recorded in last week’s attack that caught security operatives napping.
Further investigation revealed that a possible clash might also be in the offing at the neighboring Adani community, also in Uzo-Uwani council area, between the natives and a densely-populated Hausa community resident in the area.
The northerners, according to sources, bought parcels of land and built residential houses, which has turned the settlement to a Hausa community.
But following last Monday’s attack on Nimbo community, the Adani natives are said to be living in serious fear as the suspect that the militant herdsmen could launch further attacks from there.
The natives, it was learnt weekend, have resolved to send the Hausa and Fulani settlers out of the community, a situation that is generating tension in the area.
ADVOCATE NIGERIA, however, observed Sunday that the military authorities have deployed more personnel to different parts of the South East to forestall further clashes between herdsmen and the people of the zone.
More security checkpoints have already been created on major highways while soldiers conduct searches on motorists plying the roads as part of measures to tackle current security challenges in the zone.