Enugu State Police command has confirmed the killing of two persons by suspected invaders of Ogbete-Mgbuji village in Eha-Amufu community of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of the state.
The incident occurred on Thursday January 6, when assailants suspected to be herdsmen attacked traders at Orie Market in Ogbete-Mgbuji village.
Previous day, Wednesday, January 5, the assailants also invaded and sacked five village farm settlements in the area, allegedly killing five persons including children and women.
The latest attack came just five days ago when three members of the state Neighbourhood Watch were allegedly killed while chasing herdsmen, to rescue wife and 11-year-old daughter of Dr. Eugene Edeoga, younger brother of the Enugu State Commissioner for Environment Chijioke Edeoga that were abducted on January 1, 2022.
Leading heads of other security agencies in the state to carry out on-the-spot assessment tour of Ogbete-Mgbuji village in Eha-Amufu community, the state Commissioner of Police, Abubakar Lawal, said the tour revealed the murder of two unidentified persons.
He stated that the attack was carried out by assailants, “who are alleged to have intruded and attacked traders at Orie Market in Ogbete-Mgbuji village on 6/1/2022, and also previously perpetrated acts of kidnapping and murder in other parts of Eha-Amufu community.”
The CP added that the on-the-spot assessment of damage caused by the assailants, also revealed the setting ablaze of a mini bus, motorcycles, shops and the destruction of goods at the market.
While describing the casualties and damages caused by the assailants as callous and unwarranted, the police boss ordered the immediate deployment of Police Operatives to maintain the normalcy already restored in the area, launch a thorough investigation to ascertain the immediate and remote causes of the incidents, and manhunt of the assailants.
Lawal assured the use of both kinetic and non-kinetic approaches to contain the situation.
He urged members of the community to remain law-abiding and support the Police and other Security Operatives deployed to the area.
A statement issued on behalf of the CP, by the Public Relations Officer of the command, Daniel Ndukwe, the tour enabled the Commissioner and the security chiefs to jointly assess, strategize and put in place immediate measures to avert further occurrence of the incidence and other heinous criminal acts, allegedly perpetrated by miscreants suspected to have intruded the area from border communities in Benue State.
Other heads of security agencies in the assessment tour included Commander of 82 Division Garrison Command of the Nigerian Army Enugu, Brig. Gen. Chris Ataki and the State Director of Department of State Services (DSS), Enugu State, Mr. Habu Daluwa.
The CP and the team were joined in the tour by the Chairman of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area, Hon. Jacob Abonyi; and the President General of Mgbuji Community Development Union, Barr. Chukwuma Ede; as well as other leaders and local security personnel of the community.