FastNews reports that the Enugu State government has called an emergency meeting with all security heads and stakeholders in the state’s Eha-Amufu and Isi-Uzo Local Government Areas.
The meeting, which will take place on Saturday, comes after ranchers dressed in military and police uniforms attacked shopkeepers at Orie Ogbete Mgbuji market on Thursday, killing many people.
According to the PUNCH, herders raided five village farm settlements in the Mgbuji Eha-Amufu autonomous community on Tuesday and have since remained there, destroying property and burning houses.
Police and other security agencies have equally refused to come to assist the community. The police were equally said to have asked local vigilantes to lead the operation against the killer herdsmen.
A community leader in Mgbuji, Chief Eric Ebeh, on Friday, told our correspondent that three more bodies killed on Thursday attack had been recovered while so many people are missing.
Ebeh said, “In the afternoon yesterday (Thursday) people in military and police uniforms that numbered over 40 stormed Orie Ogbete Mgbuji market and started shooting traders. Some people were burnt with motorcycles while others were burnt inside their shops.
“We have recovered three bodies this morning. We cannot go inside the village to search for more dead bodies and evacuate them because the town had a red zone.”
Ebeh, who lamented the level of destruction done to the community with security agencies showing indifference to their plight, noted that more than 100 hectares of rice farms were destroyed.
“My 50 hectares of rice that ready for harvest this January and cassava farms were completely destroyed by same suspects.”
Meanwhile, the state has invited all the heads of security agencies in Isi-Uzo Local Government, traditional rulers from Eha-Amufu, the Isi-Uzo Local Government Chairman, youth leaders, all President Generals, all clergy from Eha-Amufu, and all heads of forest guards and neighborhood watch groups for an emergency security meeting to find a lasting solution to all forms of insecurity in the country.
The emergency security meeting contained in a public service announcement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information, Steve Oruruo, was made to our correspondent.
According to the announcement, the meeting with the Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi would be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at the Government House, Enugu
“All invitees to this meeting are expected to be seated by 9:30 am on Saturday, 8th January 2022 at Government House, Enugu,” it read.