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Nimbo Killings: Council Boss, Monarch Deny Return Of Herdsmen

Posted: Jun 8, 2016 at 8:32 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Emmanuel Nzomiwu

Enugu – Mr. Cornel Onwubuya, Chairman, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State has denied media reports, alleging that that Fulani herdsmen were back to Nimbo.

One of the reports (not Independent) alleged that the herdsmen raped no fewer than six women in the community and threatened to unleash more terror on the community.

But Onwubuya said as the Chairman and Chief Security Officer of the local government area, he wished to state categorically that said publications were false, mischievous and targeted at undermining the successful efforts made by the present administration in Enugu State to resolve the Nimbo incident amicably.

Onwubuya made the denial  in a press statement on Wednesday, just as the Igwe John Akor, traditional ruler of Ukpabi Nimbo,  recanted his statement that the Fulanis have returned to his community even when those who were killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on April 25, were yet to be buried.

Akor had raised the alarm in separate statements he made before the Nsukka General Assembly and delegation of Enugu State Association in Japan who came to commiserate with the community.

Onwubuya’s statement reads: “It is on record that peace has returned to Nimbo since after the attack and the state government has taken all necessary measures to provide adequate security to protect the lives and property of the people of the area.

“I have equally taken the issue of Nimbo just like the Governor of Enugu State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, beyond official duties, and have been working closely with the people of Nimbo, Fulani community in the South-East zone, security agencies and the state government to ensure that such sad incident does not happen again.

“While we await the outcome of the ongoing Judicial Commission of Inquiry on the Nimbo killings, I wish to reassure the people of Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area and beyond of their safety.

“I also appeal to the public to eschew rumour monger and go about their normal business, as there is no such attempt to unleash any further attack on Nimbo community,” Onwubuya said.

Similarly, Akor who addressed a press conference alongside the leaders of Fulani community in Enugu, said he was not aware of the return of Fulani to his community, adding that they fled soon after the killings.

Also speaking, Bala Ardo,  Leader of the Fulani community in Enugu, said he was much surprised when he woke up this morning to hear that Fulani herdsmen have returned to Nimbo.

“I am very much surprised because we Fulani men resident in Enugu State are not aware of this and none of our people have moved into Nimbo. We are helping the state government to restore normalcy to Nimbo. We are helping to calm nerves all around Enugu State.

“We have started visiting all the communities in Enugu State talking with them and making them to understand that we pastoralists in Enugu State are peace loving.

“Our chairman has stayed here for 36 years and this kind of thing has never happened and this incident that happened was not from the herdsmen from Enugu State,” Ardo said.

Meanwhile, the Enugu State Police Command also on Wednesday denied print media reports about the return of Fulani herdsmen to Nimbo, saying since the incident on April 25, the community and its environs have been peaceful as business activities have resumed in its full capacity.

In a statement by Ebere Amaraizu, the Spokesman of the Command and a Superintendent of Police, advised members of the public to be going about their normal lawful businesses and regard the publication as baseless and unfounded.