The leader of Hausa Community in Enugu State, Alhaji Abubakar Sambo, has revealed why the state is prone to attacks from Fulani herdsmen.Speaking in Enugu, over the weekend, Sambo explained that the state was prone to attacks because it was a gateway to and from the northern part of the country.
Sambo, who is a member of the state’s Security Committee, said, ”Enugu State is witnessing the spate of herdsmen attack because it is a major gateway to and from the northern part of the country, where these herdsmen come from to the south-east and south-south regions.
“Before you access any part of the south-east or south-south, you must pass through Enugu. There are many routes which the herdsmen used to connect the state.
“Some of them come in through Kogi State-Uzo Uwani local government area of Enugu State. That was the route the herdsmen that attacked Nimbo used.
“Other routes are Obollor-afor in Nsukka, Orakamu through Benue to Enugu, Aghamelumu-Nsukka route, among other routes. The herdsmen ply these routes to any part of the south-east and south-south.
“Most of them that are migrant herdsmen decided to settle in some rural communities in Enugu State while on transit. This scenario is what I think, made Enugu prone to incessant herdsmen clashes”.
The state had recently become prone to onslaughts from Fulani herdsmen, who have killed several people, while destroying properties.
Recently over 50 Fulani Herdsmen armed with machetes slaughtered a Catholic Seminarian, Lazarus Nwafor in Ndiagu, Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu in Nkanu-West Local Government Area of the State.