What is the matter with these so called herdsmen? As you read this, tension is brewing in Owa community in Ezeagu area of Enugu State where a Catholic priest, Rev. Fr. Aniako Celestine, priest in charge of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ukana, was kidnapped by suspected Fulani herdsmen since on Saturday evening on his way from his home town, Ezeagu.
Sources say the herdsmen have demanded a ransom of N10million through his mobile number.
Activities of herdsmen in Ugwuleshi, Awgu area of the state, had last week led to destruction of farmland and livestock worth millions of Naira and the detention of 76 members of the community, who were later granted bail by Umuahia Magistrate’s Court, following Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s intervention.
The herdsmen had also killed two sisters in Abbi, Uzo Uwani area last month, leaving 17 houses burnt.
Acording to Vanguard, Enugu State Police PRO, DSP Ebere Amaraizu, confirmed the abduction of the priest, but added that the command was on their trail.