Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has reportedly told surviving leaders of war-torn communities in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo local government area of the state that there was nothing more he can do to stop incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen and Agala people of Benue State on the communities.
Responding to the requests of the people, the governor reportedly told the people that “I don’t know what to do again if the security agencies cannot arrest the situation,” according to an insider in the meeting on Tuesday.
The vicious war waged on the communities of Agu-Amede, Mgbuji, Ebor and Umujiovu since January 5, 2021 left over 157 people killed with thousands of people sacked from over 40 villages and farm settlements and forced to become Internally Displaced Persons in various communities in Ebonyi State and Enugu capital city.
According to a security source, Governor Ugwuanyi had told Eha-Amufu people to sort themselves out during the last emergency security meeting with leaders of the war-torn communities and heads of security agencies in the state, saying “I don’t know what else to do in Eha-Amufu crisis.”
The source added, “If the chief security officer of the state says he doesn’t know what to do, who again in the state will address the killing and constant attack in communities in Eha-Amufu?”
However, during the penultimate Tuesday’s emergency security meeting, held at the Loin Building of the Enugu government house, the people of Eha-Amufu were reported to have told Governor Ugwuanyi that they needed an end to the killings and attacks urgently.
One of the leaders of the community was said to have told Governor Ugwuanyi that “We don’t want your N10 million after every attack. N10 million cannot bring back the lives of residents massacred. N10 million cannot restore the destruction done in Eha-Amufu, and psychological trauma the people are going through. We want action and a stop to the vicious attacks on the communities. Now thousands of people have been denied access to their farms to harvest their crops.”
Responding to the requests of the people, the governor said to have told the people that “I don’t know what to do again if the security agencies cannot arrest the situation,” an insider in the meeting said on Tuesday.
The meeting was attended by Chairman Isi-Uzo Local Government Council, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, and other top Government Officials from Eha-Amufu.
Others in attendance are the Bishop representing the members of the Clergy from Eha-Amufu and all nominated leaders from various communities in Eha-Amufu.