Palpable fear has enveloped Ochafu, Akaeze, Ishiagu and Amasiri communities of Ebonyi State following an invasion by Fulani herdsmen.
It was gathered that over 100 herdsmen stormed the communities where they erected several huts.
The herdsmen, it was gathered, stormed the village with over 2,000 cows, heightening tension in the areas.
Our correspondent learnt that the leaders of the communities had sent separate petitions to the state Commissioner of Police, Titus Lamordi, voicing their objection to the invasion.
The communities are located in Izzi, Ivo and Afikpo local government areas.
In one of the petitions to the state commissioner of police, which was signed by one of the community leaders, Mr. Monday Nwezenyi, the villagers lamented that since February 18, 2017, when the herdsmen arrived in their communities, there had been tension.
In another petition to the Afikpo Police Division, residents of Amasiri community said they did want to have anything to do with the invading herdsmen even as they lamented that they have been living in fear as the herdsmen have overrun their farms and built huts without taking permission from landowners.
Confirming the incident, the Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, Jude Madu, said that the commissioner of police had ordered a full investigation into the incident.
The PPRO said, “The police commissioner has visited the affected areas in Izzi community. The herdsmen who had earlier settled in the communities informed the police that they actually invited their brothers to come to where they have settled in the area.”
He said that the police were investigating the invasion of herdsmen in the state and assured that the command was working day and night to ensure the safety of lives and property.