Armed men posing as herdsmen on Monday reportedly abducted no fewer than 15 residents of Mgbuji Eha-Amufu community in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The victims were reportedly abducted around 7:00am along Mgbuji–Aguju road in Mgbuji town while on their way to their farms.
A resident of the community, who identified himself as Onyekachi Odo, said the villagers who were on their way to their farms on tricycles were intercepted by armed terrorists made up of over 20 persons and abducted to an unknown location.
Odo said, “Some of the victims were picked up at their farms according to the information we received.
Mgbuji Municipality spokesman Chijioke Ogbodo confirmed the abduction on Monday. He lamented the constant attacks and kidnappings in the community by terrorists, “while the security agencies there do nothing.
“Since they (Fulani militias) have been attacking our community, neither the police nor the military have arrested any of the terrorists,” he said.
“We received the information about the attack this morning. We called all the security officials stationed in Eha–Amufu, but unfortunately they did not respond to our distress calls. This is a tragedy for us.”
He called on the state government to take immediate action to rescue the victims, whose only crime was going to their farms to get food.
Earlier, armed men in police and military uniforms, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, kidnapped seven residents of the same community and shot dead three others on July 5.
Mgbuji and other neighboring communities in Eha-Amufu have been attacked several times since September 2021. Many people were killed, hundreds of houses and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed. Many others were kidnapped for ransom.
Efforts to get a response from the Enugu State Police Command were unsuccessful as its spokesperson, DSP Daniel dukNwe, was unable to answer his calls or respond to text messages at the time of writing.