Fulani herdsmen kill man, kidnap 6 others in Enugu community

By AdvocateNews on 16/06/2021

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Fulani herdsmen have reportedly attacked Aguamade village in Eha-Amufu town, in Isi-Uzo council area of Enugu State.

The assailants were said to have kidnapped seven villagers, including a woman.

They were reported to have killed one of the victims, said to be a well-known commercial motorcyclist and demanded a ransom of N10 million for the release of the remaining six victims.

The incident came barely two weeks after another community, Mgbuji in the same Eha-Amufu was attacked and four natives killed by same suspected herders.

Some villagers told newsmen Monday that the latest onslaught on the town happened around 7pm on Wednesday at Pipeline along Eha-Amufu – Ikem road.

The sources gave the name of the one killed as Odo Francis Ugochukwu said to be a commercial motorcycle (okada) operator and those abducted as Mercy Olinye, Joseph Ede, Joachin Odo, Odanxu Ala, Chidubem Nwokocha, and Chukwuma Odo.

One of the sources, who preferred anonymity, told our correspondent that one of the natives that escaped assailants disclosed that Francis was killed because he recognised the attackers.

The source said the deceased recognized the assailants as some of the people he had carried in his okada as passengers before.

Meanwhile, the source said that out of the N10 million being demanded by the abductors, the community had only been able to raise N230,000 which they paid to the kidnappers on Friday.

It was not clear if the remaining victims had been freed or still in captivity.

When contacted the State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe said he has not been briefed but would get back to the newsmen.

But, he never got back to newsmen as of the time of filing this report.

Posted 16/06/2021 10:24:26 PM

 

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