Anambra – Police and other security agents have reportedly deployed in in Amanse, Umuobom and Anyamelum to prevent possible clashes between herdsmen and farmers, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Hosea Karma has said, according to The Sun.
Karma said Governor Willie Obiano had taken measures to ensure peaceful coexistence between the herdsmen and farmers in the state.
A committee that included traditional rulers, two union presidents, elders and security agents had been put in place to ensure peace, the report said.
"We have serious security challenges between the herdsmen and farmers across the country. The governor has taken proactive measures to ensure peace in the state as it relates to Fulani herdsmen by setting up committee comprising some traditional rulers and town union president, elders and security agents as to ensure peace in various communities to avoid possible clash between farmers and Fulani herdsmen.
“And that is why we have not had any clash between the herdsmen and farmers in the state because whenever there is any attempt for any attack it would be properly managed and curtailed,” Karma was quoted as saying.
This came after over 20 people were killed on Monday in the Ukpabi Nimbo community in Enugu State.
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.
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.
- News24 Nigeria