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ABIA (INSECURITY): Suspected Killer Herdsmen Still On Rampage In Umunneochi LGA | READ WITNESS’S ACCOUNT

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ABIA (INSECURITY): Suspected Killer Herdsmen Still On Rampage In Umunneochi LGA | READ WITNESS’S ACCOUNT

 

The killings and kidnapping allegedly being perpetrated by armed herdsmen within the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State, has resurrected after a little while of silence.

 

After months of peace, the people of Umunneochi were again thrown into panic as suspected killer herdsmen on Sunday, June 25, 2023 attacked some wedding guests and other travelers around the Leru area.

 

According to a source who pleaded anonymity to ALL FACTS NEWSPAPER (AFNEWS), the herders numbering over 30 including teenagers, attacked four vehicles, and kidnapped some passengers.

 

Military personnel were said to have arrived the scene where they engaged the criminals in a gun duel until they fled into the bushes. However, one person was shot by the suspected Fulani herdsmen.

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The source narrated;

 

“The people are from Obuletiti. They went for a wedding on Sunday and were on their way back when they were attacked around Leru. Fulanis filled the bush, they were over 30.

 

They had accosted a vehicle and marched the occupants into the bush, another vehicle was coming but due to the driver was over speeding, he stepped on his brake automatically as he was suddenly stopped by the Fulani people; the vehicle somersaulted, some ran away while they held others who couldn’t run.

 

The ones coming back from the wedding saw the vehicle and stopped thinking it was an accident scene.

 

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Bullets were raining like water, some of them ran away but this one was close to the person shooting and he got shot.

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ABIA (INSECURITY): Suspected Killer Herdsmen Still On Rampage In Umunneochi LGA | READ WITNESS'S ACCOUNT
ABIA (INSECURITY): Suspected Killer Herdsmen Still On Rampage In Umunneochi LGA | READ WITNESS’S ACCOUNT

The attackers were more than 30, they attacked 4 buses; other vehicles turned back until Army people came and rescued some who ran into the bush to hide.Even children within the age bracket of 9 and 12 had guns, shooting, while others had knives”.

 

Speaking also to ALL FACTS NEWSPAPER, a cousin to the driver of the vehicle which somersaulted narrated;

 

“This is my cousin (the driver); they were attacked by kidnappers, numbering about 31 along Leru to Isuochi road. The hoodlums started shooting indiscriminately at all upcoming vehicles; he applied emergency brakes and somersault into a ravine ditch with three bullet wounds on his left arm.”

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He called on the Federal and state government to as a matter of urgency, address the issue of insecurity in the south east.

“Until security in the southeast is satisfactorily addressed, nothing else matters” he added.

ABIA (INSECURITY): Suspected Killer Herdsmen Still On Rampage In Umunneochi LGA | READ WITNESS'S ACCOUNT
ABIA (INSECURITY): Suspected Killer Herdsmen Still On Rampage In Umunneochi LGA | READ WITNESS’S ACCOUNT

Recall that Abia State Governor Dr. Alex Chioma Otti, has recently charged security apparatus in the state to deal decisively with criminals. 

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