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Enugu government condemns attack on farmers in Eha Amufu 

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
24 November 2022   |   5:14 am
Following the attack on farmers at Aguamaede and Mgbuji communities in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Council by suspected herdsmen, the Enugu State Government has condemned, in its entirety, the dastardly act, which resulted in causalities...

Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State (left) with the leaders of Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) led by their President, Most Rev. Dr. Benebo Fubara-Manuel (4th right), when they paid a courtesy visit to the governor at the Government House, Enugu… yesterday.

• Calls for deployment of more security personnel
• Releases N10 million for victims
• Edeoga suspends campaigns over killings
• Ugwuanyi’s support for churches exceptional, worthy of emulation, says CCN President

Following the attack on farmers at Aguamaede and Mgbuji communities in Eha-Amufu, Isi-Uzo Council by suspected herdsmen, the Enugu State Government has condemned, in its entirety, the dastardly act, which resulted in causalities, causing displacement of members of the communities.

In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Simon Ortuanya, the state government called on heads of security agencies to rise to the challenge, and deploy more personnel to the affected communities to provide adequate security of life and property.

Ortuanya stated that the state government, in its determination to put an end to the lingering crisis between farmers and herders in Eha-Amufu, would meet with their leaders to decisively resolve contentious issues that might have led to the recent attack.  

The state government condoled with families of the deceased and sympathised with victims, who sustained injuries, as well as those who were displaced.

The statement disclosed that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has released the sum of N10 million for immediate needs of victims in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp, and further committed to paying medical bills of those receiving treatments in the hospital.

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

MEANWHILE, the Labour Party governorship candidate in Enugu State, Chijioke Edeoga, has suspended his election campaigns in some wards in Eha-Amufu over recent killing in the area by suspected herdsmen.

Edeoga, an indigene of the area, announced the suspension of campaign during his visit to the area. According to him, the decision was in honour of those who were killed in the unprovoked attack.

ALSO, Ugwuanyi’s commitment towards supporting and identifying with churches in the state has been described as exceptional. The governor has also been commended for entrenching peace and good governance, as well as providing quality leadership for the people of the state.

The leadership of Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN) made the commendations when they paid a courtesy visit to Ugwuanyi at the Government House, Enugu, yesterday.

The visit was to formally inform and invite the governor to the upcoming 31st General Assembly of CCN, and the body’s 93rd anniversary scheduled to hold in Enugu.

Speaking, the President of CCN, Rev. Dr. Benebo Fubara-Manuel, commended Ugwuanyi for his sustained support for churches, stressing that the governor has “always been a supporter of CCN member- churches.”