Residents flee Anambra community over alleged importation of suspected herdsmen




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•Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State

There is palpable tension in Ifite Isuaniocha community, Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra state following alleged importation of suspected herdsmen in the area.

Some were said to have abandoned homes and fled the area following a viral rumour the alleging arrival of a vehicle loaded herdsmen in the community.

The report purportedly issued by the President General of the community, Amb Frank Mkpume, revealed the vehicle zoomed off immediately after dropping the suspected strange elements, enjoining to be careful and vigilant.

A resident of the area, who preferred anonymity, said the report threw the entire community into confusion and jittery as many hurriedly fled the area while others kept the day the message got to them.

He said: “Last night was one of the longest nights I have ever had as a human being. The message came in very at about 11:30pm about the allegedly armed Fulani men, who were brought into a forest near a vast fallowed land purchased by INEC staff at Isuaniocha.

“It was last night for everyone resident in Isuaniocha and nearby Mgbakwu (where I live). As I speak, many families have moved to Awka, abandoning homes.

“Please I join the PG to call the government to investigate this matter to prevent any possible attacks the people, as is being feared. Urgent step needs to be taken now please.”

Reacting, spokesperson, Ikenga Tochukwu said the Command had since deployed , calling to panic but to remain calm.

He said: “The command has since deployed on the receipt of this and while noting the area is calm, urges the good people of Anambra especially those in the area to panic but work the and other security agencies in identifying the bad elements among them.” (The Nation)