Eha-Amufu, in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State, no less than 13 people have reportedly been slaughtered by suspected herdsmen who raided the towns of Agu-Amede, Mgbuji, and Eboh.

The killings began when armed herders slaughtered eight people in the Agu-Amede community of Ohualu Mgbede on Saturday and Monday.

Samuel Ezeh, a community leader who confirmed the incident said the armed herdsmen had declared war on Eha-Amufu communities, adding that more than 13 people have apparently been slaughtered between Saturday and Tuesday.

“Yesterday’s attack was carried out in a village called Ohualu Mgbede and seven persons were confirmed dead. That is for those we have recovered their corpses. This morning, the Fulani herdsmen came again in a village called Iyi Asa but no death has been reported yet.” He said

Chijioke Ogbodo, a spokesman for the Mgbuji village, called the attack on the community “an act of war,” adding that no security personnel had been dispatched to the communities as of 12 p.m. despite having informed the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, and security personnel in the state.

“Since the (herdsmen) started attacking our community, neither the police nor the military have arrested any of the terrorists. We received information on the attack this morning and alerted all the security agencies.

“I called the state Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; I called the state Director of Security Services, and I called the state Commissioner of Police.

“We have notified all the security agencies but as of 12pm, we are yet to see any single soldier or police. Our communities are being razed down and after the attack, the government will deploy soldiers dominated by Northerners to shield the jihadists.”

“If the Nigerian police and other security agencies, especially the military cannot protect the people of the South East, then why are they after the Eastern Security Network that helped communities farmed this season. Now we can’t harvest our crops because so many of the ESN members have been killed.”

DSP Daniel Ndukwe, the Enugu state Police Public Relations Officer, in a text message sent to our correspondent, said, “I have to verify please.”