On Sunday, suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked two brothers in Ikot Atasung, Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area, Akwa Ibom State, killing one and severely injuring the other.
According to a source who requested anonymity, the herders clashed with the brothers after they warned them to remove their cattle from the farmland.
According to the source, the brothers complained that the cattle were destroying crops in the area and instructed the herders to take their cattle to the bush for grazing.
According to the source, the herdsmen were enraged by the warning and attacked the siblings with a matchet, fatally cutting one of them. The other, who was severely injured, is still fighting for his life in a hospital in Ikot Ekpene.
The incident occurred near Community Secondary Commercial School, Ikot Atasung/Ikot Obong Otoro, popularly known as Urua Obo, off Umuahia road in Ikot Ekpene Local Government Area.
Meanwhile, Mr. Unyime Etim, Chairman of the Ikot Ekpene Local Government, admitted that herdsmen had invaded the community.
The local government boss described the incident as follows:
“The victims were hunters who usually set their traps in the bush and on getting to check their trap around 3am, they met with the herdsmen who invaded their farms with cows.
“I learned that while they persuaded the herders to leave, the herders cut one of them by the armpit and the back, and he died on the spot.
“I am told the other brother is in critical condition but I saw the corpse of the one killed by the herders.
“I went to the place with the police, leader of Hausa/Fulani community and they have promised to fish out the culprits who they said have left the area.
“For now I cannot tell what happened till one of the victims is resuscitated and we can hear from him. The youths wanted to revenge but I needed to calm them.”
However, the Police Spokesperson in Akwa Ibom, SP Odiko Macdon confirmed the incident describing it as unfortunate.
Odiko who said the perpetrators would be fished out and brought to book said the Commissioner, CP Andrew Amiengheme has ordered a full investigation into the matter.
He said “We have received that report, it is an unfortunate one. The CP has ordered a discreet investigation into the incident with the aim of apprehending the perpetrators of the act.
“And I want to believe that in no distance time we will have an update on the incident because those who have committed the act must be brought to book.”