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Bloodbath in Enugu As Fulani Herdsmen Kill 40 by nairaway(m) : 1:52 pm On Apr 28, 2016



By Emeka Mamah, Clifford Ndujihe, Chidi
Nkwopara and Chinenyeh Ozor

About 40 persons have so far been reportedly
killed by some Fulani herdsmen at Nimbo in
Uzo- Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu
State, sources told Vanguard at Nsukka Police
Area Command, near the area yesterday.

The incident took place barely 24 hours after
stories filtered out that no fewer than 500
heavily-armed Fulani herdsmen sneaked into the
community preparatory to launch an attack.

About seven villages in Nimbo (Nimbo Ngwoko,
Ugwuijoro, Ekwuru, Ebor, Enugu Nimbo, Umuome
and Ugwuachara) were among the areas
attacked.

Ten residential houses and a church, Christ Holy
Church International, aka Odozi Obodo, were
also said to have been burnt by the herdsmen
just as vehicles and motorcycles were destroed
and domestic animals killed.

A young man, whose name was yet to be
ascertained, was burnt inside a commuter bus
belonging to one Ejima, son of a prominent man
popularly called 'Are you there' near the Christ
Holy Church, Nimbo.

A victim's story
Kingsley Ezugwu, former Councillor, Nimbo Ward
2, was one of the victims of the attack.
Speaking from his hospital bed in Nsukka,
Ezugwu said: "I was coming out from the house
when I heard the community bell ringing. I was
going with a friend to know what the bell was
all about, only to see about 40 Fulani herdsmen
armed with sophisticated guns and machetes.
"They pursued us, killed my friend and shot at
me several times but missed. They caught up
with me and used machetes on me until I lost
consciousness."
He said one of them later discovered that he
was alive and called on the others to finish him
off. They ignored him.
He said he crawled until a good samaritan
helped him to the hospital.

Dead bodies litter hospitals
So far, six dead bodies have been recovered and
deposited at Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka,
while others, who sustained injuries were rushed
to Royal Cross Hospital and Enugu State District
Hospital, Nsukka.

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