Fulani herdsmen on Monday, 25 April 2016 attacked and killed about 20 persons in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
It was learnt that scores of armed cattle herdsmen, numbering more than a hundred, swooped on the sleepy community in the early hours of Monday.
Sources in the community disclosed that continuous gunshots were heard as the rampaging herdsmen moved to sack villagers from their homes.
It was gathered that guns, bows, arrows, machetes and swords were wielded by the herdsmen.
As a result, many survivors had escaped to neighboring communities in the Uzo-Uwani area for safety.
This sparked worry among people in the nearby towns about further attacks from the herdsmen.
A police source disclosed that the corpses of about six persons, who died in the attack, had been recovered.
According to the source, the victims were identified as Mr. Uchenna Ikedi, Mr. Dike Chukwu, Ms. Glory Azubuike, Mr. David Akpoyibo, Mrs. Angela Uba, and Solomon Obike.
It was learnt that the corpses, which were deposited at the morgue in Bishop Shanahan Hospital, Nsukka, were recovered from farmlands.
There were indications that more bodies would be recovered, as our correspondent learnt that the combined team of police and military personnel, who moved into the community to repel the attack, were yet to get to all the affected areas.
Sources in the community added that the Fulani herdsmen had killed one of their sons, Okafor Mayor, a few days before the recent attack.
However, Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Police Command, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed that the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu, led other officers and men to the area, said the total number of casualties was yet to be ascertained.
Amaraizu, who said the situation in the community had been brought under control, stated that the leader of the Fulani herdsmen had been invited, adding that the perpetrators of the heinous act would be brought to justice.