Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State wept when he saw the extent of damage and destruction the Fulani herdsmen left behind.
Members of the community also blamed the police for ignoring information that was given to them before the Fulani herdsmen struck.
The community leaders say the destruction of lives and properties would have been averted if the police acted on the tip.
Reports say Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State wept when he saw the extent of damage and destruction the Fulani herdsmen left behind.
A community leader, Dr. George Ajogu said “Had it been that security agencies responded appropriately, this would not have happened.
“They (Fulani herdsmen) did not take us unawares, we knew they were coming.
“We are not happy; we have been crying for more than two weeks that our community is under threat. Now, over 20 people are dead.
“We are still discovering corpses; we discovered one corpse this morning and so many corpses are still in the bush.
“We have been shouting and crying but the security agencies did not come to our aid; only one police patrol van comes to this community.
“Because we lack security, the Fulani come here and tell us the land is theirs. They tell the farmers to kneel down and they rape the women in front of their husbands.”
Ajogu also begged security personnel not to leave the community, adding that “They (herdsmen) have been killing and raping our people for some time now.”
Reports say security has been beefed up in the community to forestall any attacks.
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