Enugu: Catholic Church demands expulsion of killer herdsmen

Posted by Magnus Eze, Enugu and David Onwuchekwa, Nnewi | 5 August 2019 | 1,546 times

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•Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga

The Catholic Church has tasked the government to flush out those it described as bad Fulani, in the state.

The church also asked that as a matter of urgency, the vigilance groups should be effectively equipped, to provide protection and security for their various localities.

Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev. Callistus Onaga, gave the charge when the diocese celebrated a special Mass for peace and security in Enugu State, yesterday, in honour of the murdered priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Offu.

Onaga said following the increasing rate of insecurity in the form of killings, kidnappings, rapes, destruction of farmlands and properties, and various forms of intimidation in the country, the church was compelled to make the public pronouncement.

It lamented that people were living in a state of anarchy, total breakdown of law and order with alarming number of people-including priests and government officials killed by murderers.

“Our people are now afraid to embark on normal farming activities; for the fear of being raped, our women can no longer carry out regular activities in the villages, particularly their farming and other businesses.

“All these catastrophic evils have hampered peaceful coexistence and development in our state.

“The deployment of surveillance devices has become necessary in our effort to combat these security threats. Government should formulate polices and enact laws that would checkmate these atrocities being meted on our people. Government should provide counselling and other services to victims of these bad Fulani people.”

•Excerpted from a Daily Sun report.

Source: News Express

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