An Aku wlefare Association Federated, AWAF, on Tuesday slammed the claim by Alhaji Sodu, an Enugu-based Fulani herdsman that three of his sons and 100 cows are missing.
The group which dissociates the entire community from such atrocious acts said this in a statement jointly signed by the group and the traditional rulers that the purported attack did not within Aku boundary but instead, within Agu-Affa/Agu-Egede in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The statement reads in part: “Available evidence and surrounding circumstances unequivocally shows that Aku youths or its representatives did not attack Fulani herdsmen as alleged.
“It was observed that the scene of the purported attack did not take place within Aku boundary but rather with Agu-Affa/Agu-Egede in Udi Local Government Area.
Hence, there was no reason or nexus linking Aku youths to the alleged attack. We find it rather curious that the five assailants, who were reported to be masked and whose identities were by implication subjected to speculation were unguardedly associated with Aku youths.
Security report from Igbo-Etiti Divisional Police Officer, DPO, during an interactive session between Aku community leaders and the division at Ogbede revealed that the attackers were suspected armed robbers; that butchering 10 cows and stealing another 300 is no mean feat and would be easily detected within Aku community, which is very close knit.”
It will be recalled that a palpable fear had engulfed Aku community last weekend where residents were forced to run for their safety in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State following the allegation from Alhaji Sodu.