Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the police and the military to "take all necessary action to stop the carnage", following the latest attacks by the Fulani herdsmen in the Enugu State.
Over 20 people were killed on Monday in the Ukpabi Nimbo community.
Reports indicated that over 100 armed cattle rearers stormed the community, killing indiscriminately and razing buildings in the process.
Prior to the attack, the herdsmen had been recruiting gunmen from Nasarawa in preparation for the deadly ambush.
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Many of the villagers escaped to the nearby Uzo-Uwani area, where many of the natives in the community are fearing for their safety in light of more attacks.
The villagers said they were abandoned even after they alerted security agencies to the plan to attack them.
According to Premium Times, in a statement signed by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, Buhari said stopping the violence was now a priority for his administration.
"President Buhari unreservedly condemns the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo and other such acts of extreme violence against communities in other states of the Federation… The Inspector-General of Police and heads of the nation’s other security agencies are already taking urgent steps to fully investigate the attacks, apprehend the perpetrators and bring them to justice," read part of the statement.
Buhari has been accused of not responding firmly to the attacks that have spread to other states, and has been widely criticised for his silence.
- News24 Nigeria