Rumoured Herdsmen Reprisal Attack: Aku Community, Others Hail Governor Ugwuanyi Over His Swift Response to Their Distress Call.
The people of Aku in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State; the principal of St. James Boys Secondary School, Aku, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ujah and the Divisional Police Officer DPO of the council area, SP Ifeanyi Nwoye have commended the Governor for his proactive approach to the herdsmen menace in the state and his prompt response to their distress call.
On Thursday, September 15, 2016 Vanguard had reported that “an Enugu State-based Fulani herdsman, Alhaji Sodu has claimed that over 100 cows belonging to him were missing as a result of an alleged attack on a Fulani settlement in the state. He also accused the youths of Aku community in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of masterminding the attack, adding that a herdsman sustained three gunshot wounds following the incident while three others were claimed to be missing. Herdsmen attending to their cows Herdsmen attending to their cows Sodu gave the name of his injured son as Wareri, 17, while Musa, Buba and Mohammed were said to be missing”. Wareri was taken to The Refuge Hospital, Enugu for treatment. It was also reported that the Chairman, Enugu Constituted Security Committee, Brigadier General Fred Eze (rtd) visited the hospital.
According to Vanguard, “Sodu appealed to security agencies to quickly arrest the masterminds of the attack. He said: ‘I am too old now to go into the forest in search of my three sons. I am appealing to security agencies to rescue my sons unharmed. The youths have slaughtered seven of my cows. Over 100 cows are missing now’.
Brigadier General Fred Eze (rtd) appealed for calm adding that the committee was on top of the situation. His words: “We want to allay fears generated by this incident. The Army has moved to forestall any breakdown of law and order. The Garrison Commander, O.T Akinjobi dispatched a search party for the missing kids while another combined team of Police and Army have equally moved into the area to avert any breakdown of public peace. Brig. Eze assured that the “incident is already under investigation and authorities will unravel the remote causes of the incident and ensure that appropriate actions are taken.”
In spite of these assurances, Governor Ugwuanyi, still received a distress call from the Principal of St. James Boys Secondary School, Aku, Igbo Etiti, Rev. Fr. Patrick Ujah, that the herdsmen have planned a reprisal attack on the community. Governor Ugwuanyi promptly visited the community to monitor the situation and take appropriate measures. The Governor met the Principal of the school in the school compound and summoned the Divisional Police Officer DPO of the council area, SP Ifeanyi Nwoye for briefing over the planned attack from herdsmen. The DPO told the Governor Ugwuanyi that everything was under control, assuring the governor and Aku community that all the relevant security agencies were on ground to protect the area. “The people should not panic. You all have our phone numbers and should reach us if there is any suspicious activity or movement by any person or group of persons,” the DPO told the community.