Troops of the Nigerian Army are at the moment battling gunmen suspected to be operatives of the Eastern Security Network in Nsukka city of Enugu State.
SaharaReporters learnt that there was apprehension in sure components of the city since Wednesday.
It was learnt that the navy took the battle to suspected ESN operatives the place they believed they have been hiding.
A supply within the space mentioned there may be rigidity whereas the gun battle rages on.
According to the supply, many individuals have deserted their homes and fled to neighbouring communities.
“Soldiers of the Nigerian Army are currently locked in a gun battle with ESN boys in Nsukka. They have been clashing since yesterday evening and some parts of the town are still tense. Heavy shooting presently going on,” he acknowledged.
SaharaReporters had on Tuesday reported that eight individuals have been killed after Fulani herdsmen and operatives of the ESN had a violent conflict in Adani space within the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.
SaharaReporters had acknowledged that the ESN operatives got here to help the Igga group who have been being allegedly attacked by the rampaging herdsmen of their farms and homes.
Eyewitnesses had narrated that hassle began on Sunday when some Fulani herdsmen shot a member of the group on his farm and in addition blocked sympathisers from taking the sufferer to hospital.
“It was the refusal of the Fulani herdsmen to stop the wounded farmer from being rushed to hospital that triggered offended reactions from residents, who referred to as the eye of some members of the Eastern Security Network to the assault.
“It led to a terrible, bloody showdown between the herders and the ESN. Eight persons were killed. I cannot say if they were herdsmen or villagers,” the supply had added.
Another supply defined that whereas the herdsmen shaped a barricade to stop the younger farmer from being rushed to hospital, the ESN operatives got here on bikes and shot on the crowd of individuals barricading the injured farmer.
“After that episode played out, a mosque was also razed by angry youths in the community leading to many residents of Adani, an agricultural community, fleeing the area to neighbouring communities in Nsukka and Igboetiti local government areas,” he mentioned.
Some of the fleeing Adani residents defined that the ESN operatives have been in bushes and sighted by hunters and native vigilantes trying to find the Fulani herdsmen and their cattle – a scenario which had led to rigidity within the space.
The residents famous that they feared the herdsmen is likely to be planning to stage a reprisal.