The police in Enugu State have spoken on the recent attacks and killings of residents by suspected herders in Agu-Amede and Mgbuji, two communities in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria’s South-east.
The police spokesperson in the state, Daniel Ndukwe, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Recall that between Saturday and Tuesday, gunmen invaded the communities, killing many residents, injuring others and razing several houses.
The police spokesperson, Mr Ndukwe said nine residents of Agu-Amede community were killed by the hoodlums on Monday.
“The victims’ remains have been deposited in the mortuary for preservation and autopsy, after they were confirmed dead by doctors,” he said.
He said the armed men also attacked Mgbuji, another community in the council area, but did not disclose the number of those killed during the attack in the community.
The police spokesperson was silent on attacks reportedly carried out by the suspected herders between Saturday and Tuesday in the communities.
He said a security team comprising police operatives and army soldiers has been deployed in the communities to prevent further occurrence of the incident as well as track down the attackers.
“It will be recalled that this recent attack is a resurgence of the lingering herders-farmers-induced attacks that have, overtime, occurred in the area, which generally share boundaries with communities in Benue State,” he said.
He said given the situation, the police in the state have initiated “non-kinetic approach of engaging concerned stakeholders” to find alternative ways of resolving the lingering conflict.