Fulani herders kill two, kidnap six in Akwa Ibom, Enugu

Kidnappings and robbery are major issues gripping Nigerian society.

Fulani herders kill two, kidnap six in Akwa Ibom, Enugu
Charles Nwoke, Enugu, Nigeria
June 16, 2021 

Unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen have killed two persons in an attack on two communities in Akwa Ibom and Enugu states, abducting six people.

A man identified as Sylvanus Usen was killed in Ikot Atasung in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area Council of Akwa Ibom State.

According to an Ikot Ekpene resident who pleaded anonymity, Usen’s brother Andrew was injured in the same attack which happened on Sunday.

The incident would have led to an attack on the Hausa community in the area by angry youths of the village but for the timely intervention of some elite, the rising tension was controlled.

The source said, “Suspected herdsmen in the early hours of yesterday attacked Ikot Atasung Village in Ikot Ekpene where one Sylvanus Peter Usen was killed and his brother, Andrew was severely injured and is currently at the hospital battling to survive.

“A possible faceoff between the angry youths and the Hausa Community in Ikot Ekpene was avoided yesterday through the intervention of some political actors and the police. However, there is an air of uncertainty in Ikot Ekpene now.”

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Akwa Ibom State Command, Odiko Macdon confirmed the incident, adding that an investigation has begun.

In another development, the raging Fulani militia killed one person and kidnapped six in the Aguamade community in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area Council of Enugu State. One of the abductees was a woman.

The unfortunate incident occurred barely two weeks after another community, Mgbuji in the same area was raided and four natives of the village killed by suspected herdsmen.

Sources from the locality said the latest incident took place on Wednesday.

It was gathered that the gunmen demanded N10 million ransom for the abductees to be released and set free from their captivity, and the villagers have raised N230,000 which they paid to the kidnappers on Friday.

Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO Enugu State Command, Daniel Ndukwe said he was not briefed on the incident.