January 22, 2018

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Army denies arresting 76 Awgu farmers

Army denies arresting 76 Awgu farmers

Almost two weeks after about 76 hapless farmers, including youths and aged men from Ugwuneshi, in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State were remanded at a federal prison in Afara, Umuahia, Abia State following a clash with Fulani herdsmen, the Nigerian Army has dismissed reports that those who rounded them up were soldiers.

Spokesman of the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. H. Gambo, said the Division was not aware of the arrest by its men, noting that information available to them showed that none of their men was involved in such dastardly act.

This came as the chairman of Awgu council, Kingsley Okeke and the member representing Awgu South constituency in Enugu State House of Assembly, Nelson Uduji, gave strong indications that the detainees would be released after the Easter holiday, noting that Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi had already reached out to his Abia State counterpart, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu, with a view to ensuring that the hapless farmers enjoyed their freedom. Read more

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