Police have commenced investigation into the alleged shooting of a farmer and abduction of two other farmers by suspected gunmen in Enugu State.
The police spokesman in Enugu State, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu that the incident took place at Akpakume-Nze Community in Igbo-Etiti Council Area.
According to him, the incident happened at about 12 noon on Tuesday, while the victims were weeding their farms.
“It was gathered that yet to be identified gunmen had allegedly shot one Lazarus Amadi, who had gone to farm and injuring him as well as abducting two other farmers.
“The command mobilised and went into the farmland where the injured Lazarus Amadi was rescued and taken to a hospital where he is responding to treatment,’’ he said.
It remains unclear if the attack was carried out by herdsmen, who have been accused of such in recent months.
The leader of Hausa Community in Enugu State, Alhaji Abubakar Sambo, last week revealed why the state is prone to attacks from Fulani herdsmen.
But Amaraizu said that police operatives in partnership with members of the community embarked on intense manhunt with a view to rescue the abducted farmers identified as Paul Ugwu and Hycenith Eze.
“After a day intense manhunt by the police operatives with members of the local communities, the two abducted persons were rescued and returned to their families unhurt,’’ he said.