ENUGU – The conflict that erupted between the Ishi Ozalla Community in Nkanu West local government area of Enugu State and some Fulani herdsmen which led to the death of a Fulani and two cows on Monday is said to have been brought under control following the quick intervention of security agencies.
But reports from the area indicated yesterday that tension is mounting in the area as some aggrieved Fulani youths threatened to revenge the killing of their member.
Vanguard gathered that some youth in Ishi Ozalla clashed with the Fulani herdsmen within the community for allegedly destroying crops belonging to some natives as well as raping some women in the area.
Following the disagreement between the two parties, a fierce fight ensued during which the Fulani herdsman and two cows were killed while some natives sustained severe injuries, a development that heightened tension in the community before a combined team of soldiers and policemen were drafted to the place.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the incident yesterday, said that the quick deployment of security operatives to the area prevented the escalation of the dispute, adding that both parties were summoned by the Commissioner of Police where a successful dialogue was held.
He said that the security operatives had been stationed in the community to maintain peace and order so that both parties could go about their normal businesses without molestation.
Speaking on the conflict yesterday, General Overseer of Amazing Love Assembly, Bishop Amaechi Nwachukwu, appealed to the Inspector General of Police, the Director of Security Services (SSS) and security agencies in Enugu State to use their good offices to see that peace was restored to the community.
“I do believe that dialogue is always a better way of resolving conflicts, more so in circumstances where properties have been destroyed, crops ruined with reported deaths and injuries. Everyone should exercise the greatest restraint and every form of provocative statement should be avoided at this moment to avoid stoking an already aggrieved situation,” Bishop Nwachukwu said.
The clergy, however, urged all men of goodwill on both sides of the dispute to come together to resolve their differences, advising that whatever prompted the disruption of the harmonious relationship existing between the natives and Fulani herdsmen should be nipped in the bud.