The Enugu State Government has invited the entire security heads and stakeholders in the Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state for an emergency meeting in view of the recent attack on the communities that has caused the death of many people and destruction of over 100 hectares of rice farms.
According to the Punch, the emergency meeting which would be held on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the state government house in Enugu, will be attended by ‘all the heads of security agencies in Isi-Uzo Local Government, traditional rulers from Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Local Government Chairman, youth leaders, all president-generals, clergies from Eha-Amufu and heads of Forest guards and neighbourhood watch groups’ in the areas.
As reported by the Punch, the meeting has been called in a bid to find a lasting solution to the security crisis that is plaguing the Enugu communities with the recent one being carried out by suspected bandits in military uniforms who on Thursday attacked traders at Orie Ogbete Mgbuji market in the LGA and killed many people.
The report also said the attackers before the Thursday onslaught had, on Tuesday, sacked five village farm settlements, killed many people, destroyed properties and burnt many houses in the LGAs.
While recounting the harrowing experience of the dreadful attacks, a community leader in the area, Chief Eric Ebeh was quoted by The Punch to have 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 has a red zone.”
According to The Punch, Ebeh, ‘who lamented the level of destruction done to the community with government security agencies showing indifference to their plight, noted that more than 100 hectares of rice farms were destroyed.’
“My 50 hectares of rice that were ready for harvest this January and cassava farms were completely destroyed by the same suspects,” he was further quoted.