Energy, a native of Umunya, Oyi Local Government Area in Anambra State, was allegedly murdered by some suspected killer-herders.
The deceased and some other people, who have yet to be identified, were said to have been lured into a forest in Aguleri forest in the state on Thursday by three renowned herders under the guise of selling cows to them.
The victim was said to be in need of a cow and had been connected to a herder, who told him to come to their camp to buy the cow.
According to an online video, the deceased contacted a truck driver to take him to the herders’ camp, which was said to be in Aguleri forest.
“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,” the truck driver said in the video.
“I told the herder, but he insisted on continuing.” We had only driven a short distance ahead when about ten people emerged from the bush armed with guns and attacked us.
“They grabbed my brother and me, and Energy fled.” They pursued him while others led us into the woods.
“Later, my brother broke away and began running, and when they pursued him, I realized I was alone, so I ran to my vehicle and escaped.” When we returned, we discovered that Energy had been killed.”
Confirming the incident, Anambra State police said three herders had been arrested in connection with the death of the man known as Energy.
The incident occurred in Aguleri, according to the state police command.
DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the state police spokesperson, said an investigation had begun and that more information would be communicated to journalists.
Meanwhile, some villagers in the state’s rural areas have launched a campaign warning indigenous people not to follow herders into the forest to buy cattle in the mistaken belief that it is cheaper.
They warned that doing so was now dangerous because conventional herders had joined bandits in duping unsuspecting people into the forest, where they would be kidnapped, robbed, and killed.