No fewer than six people, including pregnant women, have been killed in an attack by suspected herdsmen in Mgbuji and Ebo autonomous communities in the Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Many residents in the communities are said to be missing, while houses and motorcycles were burnt during the attack on seven farm settlements.
CHECKPOINTCHALEY gathered that trouble started when some youths chased some herders out of their farms for allegedly allowing their cows to destroy hectares of cassava plantation.
In the ensuing struggle between the youth and the herders, some cows were said to have been killed.
The herdsmen then later came on a reprisal.
According to residents, the herdsmen, armed with AK-47 rifles invaded the settlements around 3pm on Thursday and started shooting indiscriminately.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Mr Steve Oruruo, confirmed the attack, saying the government has deployed security agents to the affected communities.
But the state police command had yet to confirm the incident as at the time of filing this report.