Residents of Anambra community flee homes over alleged influx of Fulani herdsmen
Posted by News Express | 16 May 2021 | 20 times
. . . Police deploys crack squad, says no cause for alarm
By PAMELA EBOH, Awka
Fear has taken over Isuanaocha community in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra State as residents on Saturday night fled their homes for safety following alleged influx of suspected Fulani herdsmen in the area.
Information has it that locals saw a truck load of Fulani herdsmen being dropped off at a forest close to the community.
The President General of the community, Amb Frank Mkpume, in a subsequent statement purported that the vehicle zoomed off immediately after dropping the suspected strange elements, enjoining residents to be careful and vigilant.
A resident of the area who spoke on condition of anonymity said: “Last night was one of the longest nights I have ever had as a human being. The message came in very late at about 11:30pm about the allegedly armed Fulani men, who were brought into a forest near a vast fallowed land purchased by INEC staff at Isuaniocha.
“The report threw the entire community into confusion and jittery as many hurriedly fled the area
“It was vigil last night for everyone resident in Isuaniocha and nearby Mgbakwu (where I live). As I speak, many families have moved to Awka, abandoning their homes.
“Please I join the PG to call on the government to investigate this matter to prevent any possible attacks on the people, as is being feared. Urgent step needs to be taken now please.”
In his reaction, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ikenga Tochukwu, said the Command had since deployed a police team to the area.
He urged residents not to panic but to remain calm.
“The command has since deployed Police team on the receipt of this information and while noting the area is calm, urges the good people of Anambra especially those in the area not to panic but work with the Police and other security agencies in identifying the bad elements among them,” he added.
Source: News Express
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