Enugu senior statesmen and stakeholders under the aegis of the Good Governance Group have pleaded with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), to end the killings in Eha-Amufu communities in the state.

The group alleged that no fewer than 150 state residents were killed by suspected herdsmen and bandits in 2022 alone.

Addressing reporters in Abuja on Sunday, the group’s coordinator, Odinaka Okechukwu, condemned last year’s killings and regretted that they were senseless attacks against his people.

He said: “At the beginning of 2022, the bandits killed about 50 villagers. Recently, more than 100 people were killed, and cities were left deserted because of it.”

Okechukwu added that some of the premeditated attacks have looted entire affected communities, forcing residents to seek refuge in internally displaced persons camps in neighboring communities.

Calling on Police Inspector General Usman Baba and other security chiefs in the country to restore normalcy to the troubled community, the elderly statesman explained that the situation has escalated into a massive humanitarian crisis.

This is even as the group condemned attempts in some quarters to politicize the killings and crises, which it said began long before the current administration of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.

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