Enugu - The Enugu State Police Command on Thursday dismissed
as false and unfounded rumours of alleged invasion of Umuchigbo Abakpa Nike
community by herdsmen.
This is contained in a press statement signed by the
commands spokesman, Ebere Amarizu and made available to newsmen in Enugu.
It said that the rumours were engineered by those wishing to
cause disaffection in the state.
“The attention of the Enugu State Command of the Nigeria
Police Force has been drawn to the rumours making the round that some violent
herdsmen have invaded Umuchigbo Abakpa Nike.
“The rumour has it that the community and others closed to
it have been deserted, but the command wishes to make it clear that this is not
only false but baseless and unfounded.”
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It advised “members of the public particularly residents and
people of the state to go about their normal pursuits without fear while rumour
peddlers are warned to desist forthwith.”
The statement stressed that the command in conjunction with
other law enforcement agencies had fortified security along Umuchigbo axis to
prevent any breach of the peace.
Rumours had it that Umuchigbo Abakpa Nike community had
allegedly received threats of invasion from suspected herdsmen two days after
the invasion of Nimbo community.
The residents were said to be agitated, after similar threat
by suspected herdsmen manifested in an attack on Nimbo community on April 23
which left scores dead and several people injured.
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