S’East attacks: HURIWA accuses security agents of shielding suspected killer herders
Human Rights Writers’ Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, condemned the fresh invasion of communities by suspected herdsmen in Isi-Uzo Local Council of Enugu State.
HURIWA, in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said the attacks were unprovoked and despicable.
The statement read: “HURIWA condemns the Enugu invasion, which is just one out of the several other attacks in the South East by armed terrorists. The attacks by the marauders are unprovoked and unwarranted and every person of good conscience should condemn these atrocious acts.
It is worse than farmers in Enugu State, like the other four states in the South East, cannot farm peacefully on the lands without the threat of being dislodged by intolerant and vicious cattle-rearers from the Northern part of the country and Chad. These killer herders have slaughtered, raped and kidnapped many Igbo farmers. This is abominable and wholly condemnable.
“Also, the security agents have not been cooperative in the enforcement of the anti-open grazing ban put in place by the five South-East governors as part of measures to check these attacks.”
Recall that residents of Imama Ugbawka in Nkanu East and Umuhu Eha-Amufu in the Isi-Uzo Local Council of Enugu were thrown to mourning following the killing of three persons by suspected herdsmen in separate attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday.