ANOTHER VICTIM of the suspected herdsmen attack on the Attakwu in Nkanu West, Local Government Area of Enugu State reportedly passed on Friday night, bringing the death toll to two. The Enugu State governor,Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who declared a solemn moment as the Coal City State celebrated its 25th anniversary yesterday, announced the death of the latest victim, an old woman, who had machete cuts in several parts of her body. “Before I go into my speech, I will like to say that this is a solemn moment for the people of Enugu State as we recall the unfortunate events of last Thursday, August 25, 2016 which led to the death of a Catholic Seminarian Lazarus Nwafor and severe injuries to four other citizens of this State at Attakwu in Nkanu West, Local Government Area of Enugu State. “But for the fact that this ceremony has already been scheduled and preparations concluded, we would have been inclined to postpone this ceremony in appreciation of the profound feelings of the people of Enugu State over the sad development.” Nigerian Pilot Sunday recalls that suspected Fulani herdsmen had for the fourth consecutive times in as many months launched severe attacks on Enugu state communities leading to the loss of lives, destruction of farmlands, homes, rape of women and many atrocities said to have been perpetrated by the cattle headers. Though the federal government had ordered the security agencies to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the dastardly act, no one has yet been arrested and prosecuted. Consequently, the governor appealed to the people not to take laws into their hands instead should seek divine intervention since the federal government seems rather helpless in containing the menace. Meanwhile, recalling the events that led to the creation of the State on the 27th of August, 1991 by the General Ibrahim Babangida administration, he said, “It was a development that heralded a pleasant and much desired end to the long period of agitation by our leaders and fathers, for the creation of a State for the Wawa people of Igboland.” “She has produced and is still producing world class professionals and achievers in every field of endeavour,” he said adding that the state has produced eminent politicians, “an award winning Professor of Robotics Engineering and founder of the first indigenously owned private sector power company in Nigeria, Professor Barth Nnaji and the first Nigerian winner of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, BAFTA, Best Actor Award and Oscar award nominee, Chiwetelu Ejiofor.” While vowing not to relent in fulfilling all his campaign promises, he declared, “an objective appraisal of our actions and achievements within this period, will not only show that we have kept faith with our promises but that we have put in place, the platform for even greater successes and to achieve all the targets we have set for our collective benefit and in fulfilment of the vision of the founding fathers of the state.
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