At least four persons have reportedly been killed and many others left injured, when suspected herdsmen attacked two villages in Nimbo community, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The incident was said to have occurred around 2:00am on Monday.
Several persons were also said to be severely injured in the attack.
It was gathered that trouble started when some herders were stopped from grazing their cattle in the farm settlement in the area on Sunday, leading to heated arguments between the farmers and the herders.
The Nation reports that the farmers later chased the herders and their cattle, in order to avoid further destruction of their crops.
It was said that the herders later re-grouped and launched an attack on the community, killing four persons in the early hours of July 26.
The publication quoted a source in the village as saying that about 10 persons were still unaccounted for as of the time of filling this report, following the attack.
“Our people were in their houses Sunday afternoon when some people ran back to inform them that some herders came with their cattle to graze in their farm settlement. But our people went there to ask them to leave because they had already destroyed some crops in the farms.
“In the course of this interruption, a heated argument ensued that led our people to chase them away from the settlement. Remember that herdsmen killed our people in 2016 when they invaded this community. So, our people didn’t expect anything since they have left in peace.
“Unfortunately this morning they invaded the community and killed more than four people. The number could rise because we are still searching for 10 of our people. We also don’t know how many will survive in the hospital,” he said.
He was further quoted to have said that three people who were seriously wounded have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment.