Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, (HURIWA) on Wednesday, slammed the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services and other security agencies for failing to protect indigenous communities in Enugu State against herdsmen invasion
HURIWA said these security agencies have failed despite the overwhelming and consistent logistics and financial support provided to them by the administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi in the last seven and a half years.
HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, said the unrelenting attacks by marauding herdsmen on Enugu, the political capital of Igboland, is an attack on the entire South-East geopolitical zone and should be treated as such by over 60 million Igbo natives in Nigeria and Worldwide.
The group again reiterated the deployment of indigenous Igbo natives as heads of security agencies in the five states in the South-East namely Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Imo and Ebonyi.
Scores of people were reportedly killed in the troubled Ebor, Eha-Amufu community in the Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu on Sunday by armed herdsmen.
Recall that the last attack on Ebor and Umujiovu communities on December 8, 2022, claimed 25 lives but the Enugu State Police Command told the media that only four people were killed.
According to reports, since January 5, 2021, till date, no fewer than 120 people have been confirmed killed in four communities in Eha-Amufu by armed Fulani herdsmen and collaborators from the Agala community in Benue State.
HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “It is creditable that both the police and the military hierarchies have lauded Governor Ugwuanyi’s unalloyed support to security agencies. But the Army and the police chiefs need to tell all the good people of Enugu why insecurity still persists in the state, especially kidnapping-for-ransom and invasion of villages as well as killings of Igbos by armed Fulani terrorists.
“The South East states must declare security emergency and take effective, efficient and far-reaching measures to crush terrorists infiltrating the South East to wreak havoc.”