By Francis Igata
ENUGU—The geographical status of Enugu State as the gateway to and from the northern part of the country in the south-east,south-south geopolitical zones has been identified as the reason why Fulani herdsmen’s attacks have taken an upward trajectory, the leader, Hausa community in Enugu, Alhaji Abubakar Sambo revealed yesterday.
Vanguard gathered that 90 percent of herdsmen migrating from the north to the south-east and south-south regions pass through the ever busy 9th Mile Corner, Ngwo, Enugu corridor to access their various destinations.
This scenario, it was learned, has made the state prone to uncontrolled hibernation of the herdsmen.
Sambo spoke against the backdrop, weekend, where Attaukwu youths protested the continued stay of herdsmen in their community after slaughtering a Catholic seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor and Ifeoma Agbo.
Alhaji Abubakar Sambo, leader of Hausa community and member, Enugu Constituted Security Committee, said:”Enugu State is witnessing the spate of herdsmen attack because it is a major gateway to and from the northern part of the country to the south-east and south-south regions where these herdsmen come from.”
“Before you access any part of the south-east or south-south, you must pass through Enugu. There are many routes which the herdsmen use to connect the state. Some of them come in through Kogi State-Uzo Uwani local government area of Enugu State. That was the route the herdsmen that attacked Nimbo used.
“Other routes are Obollor-afor in Nsukka,Orakamu through Benue to Enugu,Aghamelumu-Nsukka route among other routes. The herdsmen ply these routes to any part of the south-east and south-south. Most of them that are migrant herdsmen decided to settle in some rural communities in Enugu State while on transit. This scenario is what i think,make Enugu prone to incessant herdsmen clashes”.