No fewer than 19 persons suspected to herders were feared killed by gunmen in Anambra State on Monday morning.
But the Police command said only nine persons were killed.
Chairman of Miyetti Allah in the Southeast, Alhaji Gidado Sidikki, who resides in Anambra State, told The Nation that 23 cows were also slaughtered
The incident, according to him, occurred around 2am at Modiyam Umaru camp in Awkuzu, Oyi local government area.
Sidikki said the gunmen shot repeatedly, which, according to him, scared students of Chukwuemeka odumegwu Ojukwu University, who ran for fear of being harmed.
He said weeping:” I don’t really know what we’ve done to these people, everyday they continue killing our people and their cows.
“In Ebonyi State, our people have been chased out of the place by the people and the remaining ones are still hanging without hope.
“Since we came to Southeast, we’ve been living in peace with our host communities before the monsters came. Honestly, I’m tired of the whole situation.”
Commissioner of Police, Monday Kuryas, had deployed troops to douse tension in the area.
In a statement by Anambra Police spokesman, Ikenga Tochukwu, the Command said investigations had commenced to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident.
He said the Command had successfully restored normalcy in the area.