Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Friday, summoned an emergency security meeting at the Government House, Enugu, to address insecurity in the state, including the recent attack at Eboh, Eha-Amufu, in Isi-Uzo local government area of the state.
The attack led to the death of about 12 persons, the news had it. It was further alleged that the attackers, wearing military uniforms, came from Ado LGA of Benue State.
Our correspodent reports that similar attacks were some weeks ago experienced at Mgbuji community of Eha-Amufu, recording many casualties. Natives of four communities were displaced, our correspodent gathered.
The ongoing meeting, chaired by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has in attendance the state commissioner of police, CP Ahmed Ammani; the garrison commander, 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Brig Gen M.K Ibrahim; the air commander, 553 Base Services Group, Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Enugu, Air Commodore Isaiah Taiwo; the state director, Department of State Services (DSS), Habu Maina Daluwa; and the state Clcommandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Aloysius Obiorah, among others.
In another development, the state commissioner of police, CP Ahmed Ammani, Thursday, in company of other heads of security agencies in the state, visited Umuhu community in the same Eha-Amufu where a truck said to belong to Dangote Group and some of the occupants were burnt.The community is along Eha-Amufu/Nkalagu road.
The commissioner, while commiserating with the families of those who lost their lives in the act and other reported attacks in the area, said the police, ‘with the active support and collaboration of other security agencies, will leave no stone unturned in fishing out the assailants and perpetrators of other acts of attack and murder in the area’.
He reassured members of the Eha-Amufu community of the commitment of the security agencies to deploy both kinetic and non-kinetic measures to decisively deal with the untoward security breaches in the area, while enjoining them to remain law-abiding, cooperate with the joint security team and avoid acting in ways that could further breach public security and peace in the area.
According to the state police public relations officer, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, “The CP has ordered the further deployment of operational and intelligence resources to the area, while also ordering the State CID to thoroughly investigate the incident, harmonize ongoing investigations into other recent criminal incidents in the community and come up with actionable findings.
“The commissioner has dispelled in its entirety the news making the rounds that rather than goods and some travellers, as preliminary investigation has revealed, the truck was instead loaded with firearms, ammunition and bandits.
“He described the rumour as baseless, misleading and an act of disinformation capable of creating unnecessary panic and escalating the situation in the area.
“He warns the creators and peddlers of such fake news to desist forthwith, as they will be made to face the full wrath of the law if apprehended.”
It was alleged that the truck was intercepted, and it was carrying arms, which the locals claim were meant for herders who perpetrate attacks on them.