Police debunk rumour of attack on Enugu community

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Enugu  –   The Police in Enugu state on Saturday, debunked rumours that a community in the state had been attacked by suspected herdsmen.

Spokesman of the command, Mr Ebere Amaraizu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu that there was substance in the rumour and the public to discountenance it.

Amaraizu said, “the command wishes to make categorically clear that there was attack by Fulani herdsmen at Akpakume Nze community or any other community in the state.

“There is tension in Enugu state whatsoever over any issue relating to alleged attack by any group of or Fulani herdsmen as alleged in some section of the media.

“For the purposes of clarity and understanding, case of malicious damage of farm crops was received on from Akpakume Nze community from yet-to-be established cattle tender.

“This prompted a meeting between the seven members of Fulani herdsmen led by Alhaji Shimo Mohammed, farm owners and security agencies.

“This was done after the had visited the farm site to establish the extent of damage to farm crops by cattle.’’

He disclosed that discussions were on to find ways to agree on modalities to compensate the farmers for the destroyed crops.

Amaraizu said that the incident did not generate any tension in the area, stressing that “Akpakume Nze community, including the entire Enugu state is still peaceful, with people going about their lawful businesses’’. (NAN)