Suspected killer-herders have allegedly killed a man identified as Energy, a native of Umunya, Oyi local government area of Anambra state.
The victim and some unidentified individuals were said to have been lured into a forest by some self-acclaimed herders on the pretense of selling cows to them.
Reports indicate the victim, Energy, needed a cow and was connected to the herder, who in turn asked him to come to their camp to purchase one.
According to a video making rounds online, it was observed that Energy contacted a truck driver to take him to the forest. The truck driver in the video stated, “We were on our way to see the cows, but we noticed we were going into the bush, and I may not have anywhere to reverse my vehicle.”
“I told the herder, but he insisted we keep going. We had just driven ahead a little when about ten people came out of the bush with guns and attacked us”.
“They grabbed my brother and me, and Energy ran away. They chased him while some were taking us into the bush.”
“Later, my brother broke away and started running, so when they chased him, I found out that I was alone, so I ran to my vehicle and escaped. We later came back and found out that Energy had been killed.”
The Anambra State police command has confirmed the incident. According to the police, the three suspected herders in connection with the killing of the victim had been apprehended. The command further confirmed that the incident happened in Aguleri.
Some villagers in the rural parts of the state have started a campaign to sensitize indigenes on the danger of following herders into the forest to buy cattle because they believe it is cheaper.