By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
It is not true that herdsmen destroyed crops worth N17m in an Enugu rice farm.
This was clarified in a statement signed by the National Coordinator, Enugu Youth Coalition, Dr. Edwin Obune.
“The attention of Enugu Youth Coalition has once again been drawn to the fake news in one of the national dailies claiming that a community in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State is mourning the invasion and destruction of their rice farm valued at over N17 million.”
It said that the report is not only fake, but was manufactured to divert the attention of Ndi-Enugu from the news of the implementation of the New Minimum Wage by the state government starting from February this year.
“It will be recalled that some desperate politicians and their godfathers who were not favoured to emerge as party’s candidate for the coming February 29 Local Government Election in the state vowed to make the state ungovernable using every means at their disposal.
“Hence, on Monday, they planted a fake news alleging the death of four Fulani Herdsmen in different parts of the state but when their lies was exposed by community leaders of the mentioned communities as well as the state police command, they went back to rehearse the fake news they sponsored last week Thursday alleging the destruction of rice farm in the state.
“The question to ask is, how would there be destruction of that magnitude without the knowledge of the Police, the Igwe of that Community and it’s Town Union President?
“Their lies would die a natural death because in any confrontation between the truth and the falsehood, the truth must prevail.
“Therefore, we urge Ndi-Enugu as well as the general public to disregard the fake news and remain law abiding in their different communities as no amount of incitement would plunge the state in to any form of crisis because Enugu State is in the Hands of God!”