Tears flowed freely on Friday, as nine victims of the herdsmen attack on Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in the Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu State, were laid to rest.
Several members of the community died during the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on April 25.
It was learnt that some other victims of the attack, particularly those whose bodies were already decomposing by the time they were discovered in the bush several days after the incident, were buried earlier.
Also, some other corpses are yet to be buried.
The solemn burial ceremony attracted several dignitaries in the state, including Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
Former Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, the Senator representing Enugu North in the National Assembly, Chuka Utazi, a former minister, Nnia Nwodo, and members of the State Executive Council and House of Assembly were equally at the event.
The victims were not given a mass burial as different bereaved families took the remains of their deceased to their individual compounds, where graves were dug, in various parts of the community.
Cries of anguish were heard all over the community, particularly from the compounds of the bereaved families, as the victims were being buried, almost simultaneously.
Nine fresh graves sprang up in the small community at the end of the day.
However, before their remains were committed to the earth, a general burial service was held for all the victims, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nimbo, and presided over by Catholic Bishop of Nsukka Diocese, the Rt. Rev. Prof. Godfrey Igwebuike Onah.