Enugu Govt condemns herders’ attack on farmers, releases  N10 million for victims

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From Chinedu Nwafor Abakaliki

Enugu State Government has condemned the attack on farmers at Aguamaede and Mgbuji communities in Eha Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area by suspected herders.

The recent attacks, it was gathered, resulted to killings and destruction of properties.

A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, said the State Government had called on heads of security agencies to rise to the challenge and deploy more personnel to the affected communities to provide adequate security, even as it announced the release of N10m for the immediate needs of the victims in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

This is in addition to the government’s commitment to paying all the medical bills of those receiving treatments in the hospital, according to Ortuanya.

It also announced that Governor Ugwuanyi has directed a state government’s delegation to visit the victims in the hospital and IDPs camp to review their situation and ensure that they receive adequate medical attention.     

He further stated that the State Government, in its determination to put an end to the lingering crisis between farmers and herders in Eha Amufu, will meet with their leaders to decisively resolve the contentious issues that might have led to the recent attack.  

The State Government condoled with families of the deceased and sympathized with the victims who sustained injuries as well as those who were displaced.

Reacting, the Anglican Bishop of Eha Amufu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Daniel Olinya, expressed gratitude to Governor Ugwuanyi for his administration’s prompt interventions in the crisis, including the release of the sum of N10 million for the immediate needs of the victims in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp.

Speaking after a closed-door meeting with Governor Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, Bishop Olinya said that he was impressed with “the prompt interventions of Enugu State Government in the crisis in our place,” adding: “I want to thank specifically His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State for bringing out ten million naira for the people affected.

“I am very happy this evening for the prompt interventions of Enugu State Government in the crisis in our place, Eha Amufu in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State.”

The Anglican Bishop disclosed that the Governor “has given us ten million naira to go and see the people and to meet their immediate needs and I am very sure that this will make them have a sense of belonging, make them feel that the state has heard their cry and has really come to help them”.

“The victims won’t feel left out in their problems. I am sure that when we take this money to them, everyone of them is going to be happy, and I too want to thank the Governor and Enugu State Government for coming out immediately to intervene in this situation, and I pray that God will bless Enugu State Government and our Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for these prompt interventions.”

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