Fulani herdsmen threat: 3 communities desert homes in Rivers State
What looks like no near-end to the blood letting by Fulani herdsmen on communities reared its ugly head when killing of two indigenes of sleepy villages of : Afam Uku, Afam Nta and Egberu , in Obigbo local council of Rivers , has led to residents abandoning their homes .
This is to avoud further loss of lives, even as rumour of another attack is rapidly spreading around the town.
The fear is that a repeat attack had been planned after the penultimate week’s crisis over the herdsnen missing two of their cows.
According to an account by Family Writers, a community-based media outfit, the herdsmen had arrived in the communities around 12am on Sunday, while others came in the early hours of Monday, 22nd May 2017 for another stage of battle .
“They allegedly infiltrated the towns with the help of armed men in military uniforms, who served as backup and escorts to the already dangerously armed herdsmen.
” With them were some unidentified luggage, suspected by the villagers to be containing some weapons and bullets.
“The police men in the thereby towns said some of the herdsmen told them that they came to search for their missing cows within the villages where some skirmishes took place, about four dsys ago.”
The outfit recalled that after the said quarrel between the herdsmen and the villagers, a week before, where two inhabitants of the communities were killed, the youths in the area mustetted courage to chase the herdsmen, with their cows, out of the communities.
But the latest incident said to be an aftermath of the youths’ action, according to a close source has seen the town town.being deserted.
It was learnt that the herdsmen had returned in larger group to the villages, thus time around , to retaliate over two of their missing cows .
At the time of filing this report; some inhabitants have deserted their homes due to the heavy tension in the area .