By Tony Adibe
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, yesterday went to Eha Amufu, on a fact-finding visit to obtain first-hand information about the issues that caused the latest crisis in Aguamaede and Mgbuji communities.
NewsBits recalls that some suspected Fulani herdsmen were alleged to have invaded Eha-Amufu communities again on Monday night and slaughtered not less than nine persons, a development that has turned survivors into refugees as they could be seen escaping their homes in a video that has gone viral.
Also, recall that when few weeks back, suspected Fulani herdsmen kidnapped a former SSG in Enugu State, Dr Dan Shere, and some students of the University of Nigeria, along the same Ugwuogo-Nike-Opi-Nsukka Road, Governor Ugwuanyi also led a team of the security chiefs in the state to the scene of the incident. After the inspection, the security authorities promised to end kidnapping in the area as if that was the only axis the crime is being perpetrated within the state.
However, Governor Ugwuanyi, accompanied by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Ahmed Ammani, the Garrison Commander, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig. Gen. M.K Ibrahim, and the Anglican Bishop of Nike Diocese, Rt. Rev. Dr. Christian Onyeka Onyia, visited Mgbuji community, different forests, markets, village squares and other locations in Eha Amufu where he interacted with the indigenes to ascertain the remote cause of the recent crisis in the community with a view to addressing the lingering issues in the area decisively.
The governor empathised with the people, ascertained how they were faring, and assured them of his administration’s commitment to their safety and wellbeing as well as the resolution of the crisis between farmers and herders.
The Eha Amufu indigenes appreciated Governor Ugwuanyi for the “rare visit, especially at night,” stressing that the gesture was a demonstration of his commitment to ending the farmers/herders’ issues in Eha Amufu.
They pointed out that Ugwuanyi was the first governor to visit Eha Amufu over the lingering crisis in the area and thanked him for the N10 million he released for the immediate needs of the victims, among other interventions.
But NewsBits, however, reports that whatever was the outcome of their findings in terms of knowing the root cause of the murder of nine persons, burning of houses, injuring and abducting of others, was yet to be disclosed to the public.