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“No Plan To Establish RUGA Settlement In Enugu” – Mbah

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The Government of Enugu State has revealed that there is no plan to establish Ruga settlement in any part of the State.

The Eastern Updates reports that the government’s reaction is coming against the backdrop of controversies and protests that have rocked Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area over alleged plan to establish a cattle ranch for herdsmen in the community.

Nimbo is the community where scores of people were massacred with several others permanently disfigured in 2016 by suspected herders.

Recall that last Tuesday, hundreds of the people of the community marched along the Nsukka – Uzo-Uwani – Anambra Federal Highway bearing placards with various inscriptions such as: “Nimbo Community Says No To Cattle Ranch In Their Land QED”.

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A video seen newsmen shows the protesters, mostly women and youths, displaying placards and chanting: “Nimbo doesn’t want cattle, Nimbo doesn’t want ranching.”

The women also wailed as they marched on the roads with pictures of the caskets used during the mass burial of their husbands and sons.

He said the alleged decision to establish Ruga/cattle ranch without the consent of the community, was the most insensitive of psychologically assaulting a people, whose deaths and injuries were still fresh from the activities of the same people.

“I need to remind you that this same place is where our people were massacred eight years ago. Our crime then was that we asked the herders to stop using their cattle to destroy our crops. When the destruction became too much, we made attempt to chase them away. That was the reason they invaded and slaughtered dozens of our people.

“Since then, the government had never asked how the families of such victims were doing, only for them to just want to establish the same cattle ranch again.

“This is like adding salt to injury. Most of the children of the deceased have since withdrawn from school with hardship dealing with them. The only thing the government wants to remember us for is building Ruga exactly where our people were murdered. I wonder any community that will tolerate this kind of insensitivity,” he said

But reacting to the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on mainstream media, Dan Nwomeh, insisted that there was no such RUGA plan by the State Government, adding that ranching would end the intractable crisis between herders and farmers.

He however stated that there is a proposal to establish government owned and controlled ranches in local government areas where cases of farmers/herders crisis were rampant.

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