By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
Anambra State House of Assembly has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, the Inspector General (IG) of Police and all security agencies to intervene on attacks on Enugu-Otu, a Community in Aguleri.
The House Members also went further to call on Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state and Governor Idris Yahaya of Kogi state, to intervene, so as to bring everlasting peace between the two states.
Honourable Obinna Chris Emeneka, the Member representing Anambra East Constituency, brought a matter of urgent public importance on the recent attack on the people of Enugu-Otu a community in Anambra East by some gunmen from Kogi state to the floor of the House.
According to him, “The attack resulted in loss of live, properties destroyed, while scores of Anambra indigenesare still receiving treatment in hospitals.”
Hon. Emeneka, called on President Buhari to take urgent measures by directing all security agencies to be deployed to the affected community.
“Why all these senseless killings of our people”, he lamented.
The Anambra East Representative called on National Boundaries Commission to come and identify these lands and settle the dispute. He also called on Honourable Members of the House to add their voices against the attack.
Hon. Chidbo J. Enwezor, Member representing Onitsha North 1, in condemning the attack, challenged the Federal Government saying, “The security of lives of the citizen is the responsibility of the government. Nobody has the right to take the life of another as stated by the constitution (Section 33)”.
Member representing Njikoka 2, Hon. Ndubisi Peter Ibida on his part, sympathized with the victims of the attack stating that the reoccurrenceof this attack is becoming provocative.
“Anambarians are not people that take revenge because, we are Christians. Those responsible for these attacks want to jeopardize the peace of our state and its becoming unacceptable. I call on the government to rise to the occasion before it escalates to other parts of the state”, he stated.
The Majority leader, Hon. Victor Jidefor Okoye, while adding his voice to condemn the attacks, advised the President to give directives to the military and other security agencies to mount 24 hours surveillance at the boarders between this two States.
It will be recalled that in 2013, the same community was attacked by the same Kogi indigenes and several peace talk have been held in the past by the last administration of the states.