Suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded Agbeta II Tuabon Community in Ebubu Clan, Eleme Local Government Area of Rivers State, killing two men.
Many others were reportedly injured in the incident which occured on Sunday, November 20, 2022.
The incident has caused many residents to flee the community over fear of more attacks.
Local sources told Tribune that since March this year, farmlands have been taken over by rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
The source also alleged that the suspected herders have been raping women and maiming people in the community.
Justice Kanikpo, Youth President of the community, speaking to the press lamented the invasion saying that residents of the area are now relocating over the fear of more attacks by the herdsmen and appealed to the council chairman and security agencies to come to their aid.
“People are packing out of the community as a result of fear from the herders because they always come to the area with AK-47 riffles every day so people are afraid for their lives,” he said.
“I don’t know why the local government chairman is not bothered about the situation, so I am appealing to the government to come to our aid and rescue us from what we are facing”.
On his part the Chairman, the Council of Chiefs and Elders of Agbeta II Tuabon Community, Kayonee Gbaranen said farmers in the community could not access their farmlands anymore due to activities of the killer herdsmen.
“The people no longer go to their farms because what they planted has been destroyed, they are now buying crops and foodstuffs that they normally produce because they can no longer enter their farms. They are afraid, most of the people have started packing out of the community to neighbouring communities,” he said.
He expressed fear that the community might go into extinction if nothing is done.
“We are not losing any hope, we expect that something will be done quickly because if nothing is done then that community is bound to go extinct,” he stated.