By Emma Njoku
The Enugu State Government has condemned, in strong terms, the attack on farmers in their farm settlements at Aguamaede and Mgbuji communities in Eha Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area by suspected herders, which resulted in casualties with some indigenes of the communities displaced.
Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, who condemned the dastardly act in a statement, yesterday, called on heads of security agencies to rise to the challenge and deploy more personnel to the affected communities, to provide adequate security for life and property.
Prof. Ortuanya 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 sympathised with the victims who sustained injuries as well as those who were displaced.
Meanwhile, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has released N10 million for the immediate needs of the victims in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, and further committed to paying all the medical bills of those receiving treatments in the hospital.
Governor Ugwuanyi has also 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.
Reacting to the development, Anglican Bishop of Eha Amufu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Daniel Olinya, expressed gratitude to the state government for its prompt interventions in the crisis.
Speaking after a closed-door meeting with governor Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, Bishop Olinya said: “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 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.”