Tension As Police Deploys 500 Officers To Anambra Community Over 2 Missing Herdsmen

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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
4:06am, 11th Jan 2017.

In The community Umuoba-Anam, in Anambra East Local
Government Area of Anambra State, over two
missing cattle herdsmen.

Already, six people have been arrested in
connection with the incident by the Anambra
State Police Command, which has deployed over
500 officers and men to the community to
maintain peace and order. The two cattle
breeders were said to have been abducted by
some youths on their way to Otuocha at the
weekend and their belongings found in the bush
but have not been seen since then.

Confirming the deployment of his men to the
area, the Commissioner of Police, Samuel
Okaula told newsmen in Awka, yesterday, that
the command was not leaving any stone
unturned and assured that anybody involved in
any unwholesome act would be made to face
the law.

Okaula, who did not confirm whether anybody
was killed, said the information the police has
was a case of missing persons, and also
disclosed that the command was still
investigating what happened in the community.

He further confirmed that his men have stormed
all nooks and crannies of Umuoba-Anam
community, including thebushes, to ensure that
hoodlums do not take over the area.
The police officer urged the people to go about
their normal businesses without panic as
security operatives were on top of the situation.

However, leader of the Fulani in Anambra and
Zonal Chairman (South-Eastern Nigeria) of
Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of
Nigeria, Alhaji Sadiq Gidado, who spoke to
newsmen in Awka, said the incident
happenedwhile cattle breeders grazed their

According to him, they were at Eziagulu-Otu
community grazing and decided to go to
Otuocha market all in the same local
government to buy something, when they were
abducted by unknown youths. He also explained
that while the two persons were missing, their
belongings including caps and shoes that they
took to the place had been recovered, except
their motorcycle.

Gidado, however, said, “If they were killed, all we
want to see is their bodies and we will be
satisfied. I don’t know why some people want to
cause trouble after the peace accord with the
state government and security operatives in

Father of 26-year-old Musa Nuhu, one of the
two breeders, 60-year-old Alhaji Bello Nuhu, told
newsmen that he had the feeling that his son
had been killed by the youths since his shoes
and caps were recovered and blood stains seen
at the scene, a development that has kept him
awake since then.

“I was in my house when I got a call and I
rushed to the place and since then, I have been
devastated and worried because my son is in
charge of my cattle and the other siblings of his,
cannot take care of the cattle.”

For 40-year-old Haruna Hassan, elder brother to
32-year-old Adamu Haruna, the second missing
person, the incident has devastated him as only
two of them were remaining and taking care of
their late father’s cattle.

Hassan disclosed that their father was equally
killed some years back during the Uzo-Uwani
saga in Enugu State, stressing that the weekend
incident has kept him sad and frustrated.

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