Uzo Uwani

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Uzo-Uwani
Uzo-Uwani is located in Nigeria
Uzo-Uwani
Uzo-Uwani
Location in Nigeria
Coordinates: 6°45′N 7°12′E / 6.750°N 7.200°E / 6.750; 7.200Coordinates: 6°45′N 7°12′E / 6.750°N 7.200°E / 6.750; 7.200
Country Nigeria
StateEnugu State
Area
 • Total855 km2 (330 sq mi)
Population
 (2006 census)
 • Total124,480
Time zoneUTC+1 (WAT)
3-digit postal code prefix
411
ISO 3166 codeNG.EN.UU

Uzo-Uwani is a Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria bordering Kogi State and Anambra State. Its headquarters are in the town of Umulokpa. It has an area of 855 km² and a population of 124,480 at the 2006 census. The postal code of the area is 411.[1]

Invasion[edit]

Uzo-Uwani experienced bloody terrorist attack on April 25, 2016 in the Nimbo area. Seven Nimbo villages- Ekwuru, Ngwoko, Ugwuijoro, Ebor, Enugu-Nimbo, Umuome and Ugwuachara were invaded, and scores massacred by over 500 heavily armed Fulani herdsmen, rated the fourth deadliest terror group in the world,[2] in the early hours of April 25, 2016. During the raid, the community's Roman Catholic church was also burnt.[3][4][5][6]

According to Enugu State governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the terrorism at Nimbo may have happened due to inability of security agencies to successfully act on the counter intelligence report about herdsmen grouping at neighbouring Odolu in Kogi State in preparation for attack.[7] Attack on Nimbo followed similar attack on Abbi, another Uzo-Uwani community, where a brother and sister-Fidelis and Mercy Okeja were reportedly killed instantly, and 19 persons declared missing whilst seven houses and motocycles were raised down, earlier in February 2016.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post Offices- with map of LGA". NIPOST. Archived from the original on 2012-11-26. Retrieved 2009-10-20.
  2. ^ "Global Terrorism Index: Nigerian Fulani militants named as fourth deadliest terror group in world". www.independent.co.uk. November 18, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2016.
  3. ^ "Photos From Nimbo Massacre, Six More Bodies Recovered, Ugwuanyi Doles Out 5M To The Community". www.easternradio.com.ng. April 27, 2016. Retrieved April 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "Breaking news: Many feared killed as Fulani herdsmen invade Enugu communities". www.vanguardngr.com. April 25, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bloodbath in Enugu as Fulani herdsmen kill 40". www.vanguardngr.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2016.
  6. ^ "'Scores Killed' in Suspected Attacks by Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria". europe.newsweek.com. April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 27, 2016.
  7. ^ "I alerted security operatives before Fulani herdsmen attack, says Ugwuanyi". www.vanguardngr.com. April 30, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  8. ^ "Fulani herdsmen invade Enugu community kill two, 19 missing". www.vanguardngr.com. February 14, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2016.