Insecurity: Army invades another community in Ebonyi
Insecurity: Army invades another community in Ebonyi
College of Education deserted as residents of Eha-Amufu communities flee
Troops of the Nigerian Army allegedly invaded Nkalaha community in Ishielu local government of Ebonyi State Monday morning and the residents are fleeing the community in droves according to reports by Sahara Reporters yesterday.
Nkalaha is a neighbouring community to the war-torn Ebor, Umujiovu, and Mgbuji communities in Eha-Amufu Isi-Uzo local government area of Enugu State.
The military invasion of Nkalaha community has forced residents of the community and Eha-Amufu internally displaced persons (IDPs) to flee from the soldiers and the herdsmen to Enugu town and Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.
It has been earlier reported that hundreds of troops of the Nigerian Army invaded Obeagu community in the same Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State.
They had allegedly arrested and gone away with 10 residents of the community who were motorcycle riders and youths trained to defend the community after armed herdsmen invasion of the community on March 29, 2021, and October 13, 2022, which claimed 22 lives including children and women.
On one of the community’s Facebook pages, one of the witnesses wrote: “Our community heads, councillor, and commissioner must as a matter of urgency call a town hall meeting for what happened in Nkalaha today. There must be an immediate resolution to the problem so that our community will remain peaceful”
Another community leader, Onyekachukwu Obeagu said that residents were fleeing the military onslaught. “As I speak to you now, my community has been completely deserted. Those who are remaining in the community are hiding in the bushes while some have fled the community.
“I cannot authoritatively say whether anybody was killed or not. Probably after the invasion, we will conduct a head count. Why are soldiers not confronting armed herdsmen that have sacked several communities in Eha-Amufu and rendered the city that has a population of over a hundred thousand desolate?”
College of Education Eha-Amufu deserted as residents flee
In a related development, the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu in Enugu State has allegedly been deserted as students of the institution trooped home for fear of being killed in the herdsmen’s crisis. It was gathered that the abandoned houses are now vulnerable as criminals vandalize properties and cart away personal belongings of the displaced Eha-Amufu residents.
A source told Vanguard that the students vacated due to fear even before the Christmas holidays.
However, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Chukwuebuka Obi, dismissed the claim as fake news, adding that students who left the College went home for Christmas holidays, and not for fear of being attacked.
A settler in Eha-Amufu, narrated that criminals broke through all the shops in their line on Sunday, looking for money and other items. She stated that food items were stolen by the burglars.
The latest attack by the herdsmen on Sunday had claimed the lives of seven people including two leaders of a vigilante group that had been protecting the community.
The unending attacks forced the remaining residents to flee the entire town, leaving it desolate.
A cleric, Pastor Emeka said yesterday that people were moving out of the community like an exodus. “What is happening in Eha-Amufu this morning is an exodus. It appeared that security agencies brought to Eha-Amufu are here to supervise the final destruction of Eha-Amufu. People are leaving Eha-Amufu to God’s know where. This is the final burial of Eha-Amufu yet we have a government in Enugu State.”
Another resident, Chisom Olinya said: “If the government cannot protect the people, why is the government deploying all the apparatus of the state force to destroy our youths in the name of fighting members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).”
Another resident, Nkechi Ebeh, a mother of five children and a native of the war-torn Ebor community, Eha-Amufu in Isi-Uzo local government area of Enugu State said she is one of the lucky survivors of the December 8, 2022, gruesome and vicious attack on her community by armed Fulani herdsmen.
Although she survived, her husband, Friday Ebeh, was among 25 people, all males that were massacred in their houses during an early morning attack.
She told journalists that she lost her husband and relatives to the December 8, 2022 massacre, adding that she only survived by God’s mercy.
“We were going to the farm on that fateful day when suddenly we saw some persons in their numbers holding guns and machetes marching to our community, Ebor. They first entered my village Ama-Obelebe. They started pursuing us which made me run back home. On getting to the house, I could not find my children and my husband at home.
“Later I discovered that my husband was among the people killed. In the evening I got information that my children were in Ama-Nkanu, a distant neighbouring community, which is very far from Eha-Amufu. My husband was buried when his corpse was discovered the next day,” she lamented.
She pleaded with the government to come to their aid as they would not live as Internally Displaced Persons forever.
Giving an insight on the December 8 invasion, another resident, Mr. Chukwudi Omeri revealed that about 10 people were killed in Ama-Obelebe village, including his brother, Mr. Friday Omeri, a father of nine.
“Since then, no one goes to the farm again. And this has brought hunger and hardship to the people.”
He stated that the attack on 8th December 2022, led to the death of 25 persons in Abor village. The victims were all men as the attackers never killed any woman during the attack.
“The aged men were not left in the attack as my age mate’s lifeless body was discovered and buried on Monday the 12th of December, 2022.
“We have not done anything to warrant these mindless killings; I’m not aware of any issue with Fulani herdsmen except that they want to chase us away from our ancestral land,” he lamented.
He equally alleged the attackers were assisted by the Agala people of Benue State.