Fifteen farmers kidnapped in Mgbuji Eha-Amufu Community in Isi-Uzo local government area of Enugu State on July 18 have been freed.

According to the spokesman of Mgbuji Community, Chijioke Ogbodo, the farmers who were kidnapped by suspected herdsmen, were freed after payment of N2 million ransom.

The gunmen, masquerading as herdsmen, abducted them near Mgbuji town on their way to their farms.

Speaking to newsmen about the release of the farmers on telephone on Tuesday, Ogbodo said the abductors demanded N30 million but the families were able to raise N2 million.

While lamenting the constant attack on the local farmers, the community leader said: “After so many plea because the security agencies abandoned us. Last week they were able to accept the N2 million naira. We thank God that no one was harmed.”

Mgbuji and neighbouring communities in Eha-Amufu have been constantly attacked by marauding herders since September 2021, leaving many people gruesomely killed, several houses and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.