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Menace of herdsmen: Enugu group demands security summit


ENUGU—Uzo-Uwani Professionals Association has called on the chairman of the local government, Cornel Onwubuya to as a matter of urgency convene a security summit in the council in order to find lasting solutions to criminal activities in the area.

Arising from their meeting, Wednesday, the group said the rate of armed robbery and frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and the natives had become very worrisome.

In a communiqué by its President and the Secretary, Chris Ezugwu and Okechukwu Enechi, respectively, the group lamented the number of persons the council had lost due to armed robbery and herdsmen attack.

The group said:  “One Isaac Okoro, a hard working bus driver   from Nkpunator was mindlessly gunned down at close range by men of the underworld.

”Eyewitnesses recounted that Okoro never challenged the robbers nor did he pose any threat to them when they pulled the trigger.

“He only followed his human survivalist instinct and attempted to run away on sighting them. But those sons of hell, who have decided to bring darkness upon us, pulled the trigger on him.

“This horrific and senseless killing of Isaac Okoro brings to the fore again our continued appeal to the relevant authorities to provide enough security on the roads.

”In the letters we wrote, we enjoined the police to increase police presence on the road. We also identified black spots where these robbers usually carried out their nefarious activities and requested that the police put their men on pin-down on those spots.”

“We did not stop there. We also entreated the Civil Defense Corps to deploy their men on the road too. We believed, and still do, that a synergy between the police, SSS and Civil Defense Corps would secure our people against those that want to inflict death and agony.”

While urging the council chairman, Hon. Cornel Onwubuya, to further aid the police and other security agents, the group said he should “immediately convene a security meeting involving all the traditional rulers, town union executives, police, SSS and NSCDC to discuss this issue to find a broad-based, acceptable creative and innovative way of motivating the neighborhood watch groups.

”The traditional rulers and town union leaders should also help to profile members of these groups to ensure that none among them has a history of violent and anti-social behavior.

“The security meeting should also discuss several other security issues bothering the local government, especially the case of Fulani herdsmen. It is important that we begin to find a way to avoid what is happening in other places in the country.

“We cannot afford to lose more lives in avoidable conflicts with herdsmen. There is need to set up Community Security Committees in every community where they live and ensure that they (Fulani herdsmen) participate in keeping the peace”.

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