Ninteen persons ,including women and children are feared dead, following an attack by unknown Gunmen on a Layout in Agbariam, Anambra State.
According to eye witness , the hoodlums stormed the area along the igbariam junction axis killing the people and and about twenth three cows.
The situation caused panic and tension within the area which is largely inhabited by students of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojuukwu University, Igbariam.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria , the Student Union Governor, Igbariam Campus, Comrade Kizito said the incident which happened at about two o’clock Monday morning forced many students and residents to flee the area for fear of reprisal attacks.
He however said security agencies had been contacted and a team of joint patrol teams were already on ground in the area.
The Public Reactions officer of the University, Doctor Christian Chukwueloka in a telephone interview described the incident as unfortunate but however noted that the school authority may not have much to do over the panic as the students resides outside the institution community.
Confirming the incident to Radio Nigeria , the Chairman Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria , South East Zone, Gidado Sidik who visited the scene said nineteen persons including women and children were slaughtered and twenty three cows shot by the unknown persons.
Sidik while describing the incident as barbaric , allayed the fears of some people that there may be onslaught on the residents of the area.
” Actually families have been flushed out ,at least 19 people have been killed including Toddlers and women with men.
About 23 cows were also shot and we are still at the scene nobody knows who they are.
this thing has already happened and is from Almighty , these people God already said they are going to end up today . We are assuring everybody that we have to follow legal procedures ,we cannot do anything funny ,our people are not violent they are peace-loving people, so we have no intention to attack anybody over this incident . we cannot attack students because we know that those people that did this thing are not around they just come from somewhere and unleash this attack on our people “.
Our correspondent reports that many students and residents upon hearing about the incident started relocating from their hostels while some parents drove down to pick their wards for fear of attack.
As at the time of filling this report, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state , Mr Tochukwu Ikenga could not be reached for comments as calls put to his cell phone were not picked.