There are strong indications of palpable tension in Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Enugu State, following an alleged attempt by Fulani herdsmen to invade the community.
It was gathered that the cattle rustlers, numbering about 500, allegedly gathered at Ukpabi Nimbo community in the area to launch an attack and displace residents for cattle-grazing.
It was believed that the marauders at Adani had during the weekend imported these 500 others from Nasarawa State to assist them raid the community, with the rationale that some of their cattle were missing.
The development led to a meeting of stakeholders from Uzo-Uwani local government with the leaders of the Fulani community in Enugu State during the weekend.
According to sources, the meeting which was conveyed by the Chairman, Transition Committee, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area, Cornell Onwubuya, addressed several issues including the incessant attacks by herdsmen on communities in the local government.
Onwubuya said that the local leaders of the Fulani community also confirmed that there were attempts to bring in mercenaries for the attack on the communities, adding that the Fulani leaders in Enugu had complained that some of their people were killed within the axis of Ukpabi Nimbo and Abbi communities recently.
Speaking at the meeting, Enugu State leader of the Fulani community, Alhaji Haldo Saidu Baso said that he had lived in Enugu State for over 33 years and would not be alive to witness the type of crises that they were talking about.
Baso later resolved to talking to their people in the state not take the laws into their hands.
He said, “we will travel to Nasarawa State to talk to the cattle owners and stakeholders to warn the rustlers in Enugu State to stay away from trouble.”