Fulani herdsmen attacked Ihuaba community in Igbu Upata Kingdom, Ahoada East Local Government Area of Rivers State, one Edith Lawrence while another identified as Chiemele Blessing who allegedly was shot with an arrow while they were working on their farm at Akpaja farmland is yet to be found.
Scores of others were wounded and crop worth thousands of naira were destroyed by the rampaging herdsmen.
It was gathered that trouble started when the owners of the farm protested against the destruction of their crops by cows led by the herdsmen.
The farmers, a source said, had severally complained to one Alhaji Ahmadu who, was said to be the Head of Hausa Community in the area but instead, he allegedly mobilized herdsmen to attack the unarmed farmers.
We learned he was sighted at the scene of the attack which prompted the police to arrest him and others who allegedly participated in the attack.
The attack is coming at a time the people of Igbu Upata are consolidating on peace, and Ihuaba is the home of Eze Igbu Upata III; HRM Eze Felix Enene Otuwarikpo.
Reacting to the herdsmen attack, Eze Otuwarikpo condemned it vehemently, warning against further attack and that the people of Igbu Upata will defend themselves if further provoked.
He drew the attention of both the state and federal governments and security agencies to this ugly menace, insisting that the Igbu Upata people are peace-loving and must not be taken for granted.
He, however, lauded the police for their timely response and assured that Igbu Upata people will continue to live in harmony with those who would wish to conduct themselves peacefully.
Describing the herdsmen as bloodthirsty miscreants, the Eze said the attack was a sad episode on the peace-loving and hospitable people of Igbu Upata Kingdom.
In line with the zero tolerance for insecurity and criminality in Upata Kingdom, the eight herdsmen who allegedly perpetrated the attack on some farmers at Ihuaba community in Upata Kingdom, have been arraigned at the Ahoada magistrate court. The presiding magistrate, Magistrate Harry Ayerite remanded them to Prison Custody, awaiting (DPP) Directorate of Public Prosecution report.
The matter has been adjourned to 18th of June.
(News from Upata Social Media Crew)