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Fulani leader explains why herdsmen attacked Enugu

06 May 2016, 15:08

Abuja - The leader of the Fulani community in the South- East Ardo Saidu Baso,has revealed the reasons Fulani herdsmen attacked and killed scores of Ukpabi- Nimbo people of Enugu State last week, New Telegraph reports.

Baso, who is also the deputy leader of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’ Association, South East chapter, said that four Fulani people were killed around Ukpabi-Nimbo in December last year and less than a week later, two boys from one Fulani parents based in Nasarawa State were equally killed.

The father of the deceased, saddened by the news of their death, visited Uzo-Uwani to find out what happened, only for him to also be killed according to the Fulani leader.

Also read: Fulani herdsmen assassinate royal father, nephew in Kaduna

Ardo stated that he got intelligence about the impending attack on Nimbo and that he informed the local government chairman, the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the state commissioner of police and the Area Commander of police at Nsukka about it.

The Fulani leader said that he even embarked on a journey to Nasarawa at the prompting of Uzo- Uwani Local Government Area Chairman, Cornel Onwubuya, to forestall the attack and possibly invite the families of the deceased for a dialogue.

He stated that on reaching Otukpo in Benue State, he learnt that the Fulani people from Nasarawa State had already camped at the bush in Amaeke Nsukka preparatory for the attack and that he aborted his journey and rushed back to inform the council boss.

He expressed surprise that despite all his efforts to forestall the attack, nothing was done to prevent it by the relevant authorities.

Source: New Telegraph

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