Police Arrest Five Suspects Linked To Nimbo Community Attack

policePolice arrested five of the suspects involved in the midnight raid on Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State on April 25, the spokesman for the Nigeria Police Force said.

Mr Olabisi Kolawole said that the arrests were made by the operatives of the Inspector General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) based on credible technical intelligence.

In a statement, the spokesman for the police listed the arrested suspects as Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Sale Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute.

Video Recording

The team also recovered one Gionee L88 mobile phone with memory card containing the video recording of the massacre in the community.

Armed herdsmen had attacked the community in April, killing scores and leaving several others injured.

Mr Kolawole also said that the police some weeks ago busted a three-man syndicate suspected to be bank robbers/kidnappers and recovered arms, ammunition, dynamites and rifle servicing tools from them.

The gang members, Gogo Daniel Ume, Ikado Michael and Ifeanyi Kalu had been terrorising Rivers, Imo and Enugu State, respectively.

Items recovered from them include three AK-47 rifles,  one LAR rifle, 310 rounds of live ammunition, 12 rifle magazines, rifle servicing tools, cache of dynamite explosive, one Toyota Highlander Jeep, one Toyota Venza jeep and one Ford Edge Jeep.

In continuation of the IRT anti-kidnapping operations in Kaduna State, the team on May 20 also arrested Babangida Ibrahim, Idris Abubakar and Idris Mai Anguwa in the State for alleged involvement in kidnapping and robbery while different calibre of weapons were also recovered from the bandits.

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon E. Arase, said the IRT relied on vital information made available to the Police by the public and attributed the recent break-through to the growing trust and cooperation between the Force and the public.

The police boss assured Nigerians that the force would remain dynamic and creative in formulating new strategies for fighting crimes and criminality and urged Nigerians to continue to support the force.

Nimbo Attack: Enugu Governor Inaugurates Judicial Commission Of Inquiry

Nimbo-Community-EnuguEnugu State Governor, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has inaugurated a seven man Judicial Commission of Inquiry to unravel the remote and immediate circumstances surrounding the deadly attack on Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor urged the Chairman of the Commission, retired Justice Chukwuma Eneh, alongside other members to, among other things, ascertain the exact number of deaths in the incident, ascertain the role of the security agencies as well as recommend to the state government appropriate security measures to permanently avert clashes between communities and herdsmen.

The governor said that, among other things, the mandate of the Commission, includes finding out the remote and immediate circumstances that led to the attack, ascertaining the role of security agencies before and after the attack, ascertaining the actual number of deaths in the deadly attack as well as making recommendations on appropriate security measures that will prevent future occurrence.

The members of the commission are drawn from various backgrounds including legal, security, medical and the civil society.

The Chairman, a retired justice of the Supreme Court, promised the governor that they will not betray the confidence reposed in them.

Monday, April 25, 2016 at Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State was a day of pain and sorrow as suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the town in the early hours of the morning.

The Inspector general of police, Mr. Solomon Arase visited and condemned the attack and assured of tracking the perpetrators down.

Falana Says Army’s Call For Law and Order Unconstitutional

FalanaHuman Rights Activist and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, has faulted the Nigerian Army’s call to Nigerians to maintain law and order.

According to him, it is unconstitutional for the Nigerian Army to make such call under a democratic dispensation as only the Nigerian Police is saddled with such responsibility.

Mr Falana was a guest on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily where he spoke about the rampaging herdsmen and their incessant attacks on communities across the country.

Mr Falana was of the view that the attack on Nimbo community in Enugu State could have been prevented if security agencies, particularly the Police did not dismiss an earlier warning of the impending attack as rumour.

He wondered why the Commissioner of Police in the state was only transferred after what he called “a case of criminal negligence” had been established, leading to killings and destruction of property.

Mr Falana said that the leadership of the Police, DSS and the Army should be held responsible.

“With profound respect to the President, we must begin to appreciate the need to govern this country in line with the rule of law.

“For me it was very embarrassing that the President had to issue a directive to the Inspector-General of Police and the Chief of Defence Staff to maintain law and order in our country.

“You don’t need a presidential directive to do your work,” he said.

The Defence Headquarters had issued a strong warning to persons or groups seeking to engage in acts capable of causing a breakdown of law and order in Nigeria and Mr Falana did not agree with this approach.

“It also has to be understood that the military as an institution has no business whatsoever in the maintenance of internal security in our country.

“It is very illegal and unconstitutional for the Chief of Army Staff or the Chief of Defence Staff to be threatening civilians in our country. We’re not under a military dictatorship by the way.

“It is the business of the Police to maintain law and order in our country. The rule of the Armed Forces under the constitution; Section 217 is to protect the territorial integrity of the country (and) defend the country against external aggression.”

Enugu Governor Blames Security Operatives For Nimbo Carnage

Ifeanyi-UguwanyiFive days after suspected herdsmen attacked Nimbo community in Enugu State, leaving many people dead, the Governor of the State, Mr Ifeanyi Uguwanyi, is blaming security operatives for the carnage.

In an emergency meeting held on Friday to postmortem the attack, the Governor alleged that he had mobilised the security operatives, having received intelligence report on the attack.

Governor Uguwanyi said the officers failed the state and the nation and must explain to Nigerians why their action should not be seen as sabotage.

Those present at the meeting were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, some members of the National Assembly, members of the State Executive Council and members of the security operatives themselves.

After the Governor accused the security agencies, efforts were made to get the comments of the security operatives on the issues.

They refused to respond to the Governor’s accusation, claiming that their office was regimented, which meant they were very strictly controlled and that they take instructions from higher authorities.

Others present at Friday’s emergency meeting, were the State Director of Department for State Services, Mr Abdul Malik, the Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Olufemi Akinjobi and the Commissioner of Police, Mr Eke-Chukwu Nwodibo.

On the day of the incident, the Commissioner of Police had claimed that the attack was carried out by hoodlums and not herdsmen.

The Security Chiefs, according to the Governor, failed to act in the interest of the community despite having prior intelligence on the herdsmen invasion.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Nigeria Police Force said it had started the construction of a new Divisional Police Station in Nkpologu, near Nimbo community in Enugu State attacked by suspected herdsmen on Monday.

According to the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, the station would increase security presence in the area and help prevent further attacks.

Mr Arase has further ordered the detention of a policeman, identified as Corporal Chukwu, who allegedly collaborated with herdsmen during the killing of residents in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State.

Mr Arase has also directed that the policeman be detained and properly investigated.

Nimbo community, a once happy community, is now a ghost town.

In plain sight are deserted homes empty market stands and domestic animals, abandoned by their owners, taking their time to stray.

The police have confirmed seven dead, but the community search parties claimed more people were slain.