No fewer than eight persons have been reportedly killed after Fulani herdsmen and operatives of the Eastern Security Network had a violent clash in the Adani area in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The clash occurred on Sunday when the ESN operatives had a gun battle with the rampaging Fulani herdsmen who had infiltrated the Igga community allegedly attacking their farms and their houses.
According to an eyewitness, trouble started on Sunday when some Fulani herdsmen shot a member of the community on his farm and also blocked sympathisers from taking the victim to hospital.
“It was the refusal of the Fulani herdsmen to disallow the wounded farmer from being rushed to hospital that triggered angry reactions from residents, who called the attention of some members of the Eastern Security Network, to the assault.
“It led to a terrible, bloody showdown between the herders and the ESN. Eight persons were killed. I cannot say if they were herdsmen or villagers,” the source added.
Another source noted that while the herdsmen formed a barricade to prevent the young farmer from being rushed to hospital, the ESN operatives came on motorcycles and shot at the crowd of people barricading the injured farmer.
“After that episode played out, a mosque was also razed by angry youths in the community, leading many residents of Adani, an agrarian community, to flee the area to neighbouring communities in Nsukka and Igboetiti local government areas,” he said.
It was learnt that the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, and other top security operatives in the state had visited the community on Monday on a fact-finding mission.