Two persons believed to be herdsmen have been killed at Umuoba-Anam in Anambra East Local Government Area of Anambra State by yet to be identified persons, even as the state police command said six persons arrested over the incident were helping in the investigations, Vanguard reports.
The incident which has caused commotion in the peaceful neigbhourhood saw the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Okaula deploy a large number of policemen to the area to maintain peace and to prevent reprisal attack.
Giving details of how the incident happened, South East leader of Cattle Breeders Association, otherwise known as (Miyetti-Allah), Alhaji Sadiq Gidado, told reporters in Awka that the incident took place at the area where the two men and others were grazing. According to him, the herdsmen were at their grazing ground at Eziagulu-Otu community and later decided to go to Otuocha market to buy something, when they were allegedly abducted by some youths.
Gidado said the two persons had not been seen since the incident, adding that while their caps and shoes, which they took along with them to the place, had been recovered, their motorcycle had not been seen. “If they were killed, all we want to see is their bodies and we will be satisfied. I don’t know why some people want to cause trouble after the peace accord we signed with the state government and security operatives in Anambra State,” Gidado said.
Also, the sixty year-old father of one of the victims, Alhaji Bello Nuhu, who gave the name of his missing son as Musa Bello Nuhu (26), said he had been devastated by the sudden disappearance of his son, adding that he had not slept since the incident happened. Nuhu said he had the feeling that his son had been killed since his shoes and cap were recovered. He also claimed that he equally saw blood stains at the scene of the incident.
He said: “I was in my house when I got a distress call and I rushed to the place and what I saw frightened me. I have been devastated and worried since then because my son was in charge of my cattle, which his other siblings cannot do.”
The second victim’s family member, 40-year-old Haruna Hassan, who is an elder brother to Adamu Haruna (32), the second victim, said his missing brother and himself were the ones taking care of their late father’s cattle. He recalled that their father was killed in a similar manner some years ago at Uzo-Uwani in Enugu State, adding that he had been sad and frustrated since the incident.
Meanwhile, CP Okaula told reporters, yesterday, in Awka that the command was not taking the issue lightly, stressing that anybody found to be involved in the dastardly act would face the full weight of the law.
Though the police commissioner could not confirm whether the missing people were actually killed, he said the police command was still investigating what transpired in the community, adding that what the command was working on was a case of missing persons.