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.

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.

Enugu Massacre: IGP Visits Nimbo Community, Orders Policeman’s Arrest

Enugu MassacreThe Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has 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.

He gave the assurance that once the allegations against him in the Enugu massacre were confirmed, he would not only leave the Police but would be prosecuted.

Mr Arase, who visited the community to commiserate with victims of the attack, said that his visit was aimed at assessing the situation and subsequently plan on how to find a permanent solution to the scourge.

He pledged the readiness of the Police to do all in its powers to ensure that those involved in the gruesome murder of the villagers were arrested and prosecuted.

He assured the villagers that the Police was on top of the situation adding that no policeman who collaborates with criminal elements to perpetrate crime would go unpunished.

“I am not happy about what has happened and that is why I have decided to come and have an on the spot assessment of the situation.

“I have been discussing with the senator from the area and others to enable us find lasting solution to the problem. I have been able to see what happened and we should be able to find solutions.

“I can assure Nigerians that nobody has the right to take the life of any other Nigerian and goes free with it. We are going to make sure that we catch them and prosecute them and we will create the enabling environment for peace. On our way here, we saw where we are trying to put a police station to increase Police visibility in this area,” he said.

The Police boss, who also visited the palace of the traditional ruler of the community, John Akor, advised the community to remain law abiding and vigilant, while commending their partnership with the Police that actually aborted the devastation of the environment.

Mr Arase was accompanied by the senator representing Enugu North senatorial zone, Chukwuka Utazi, state Commissioner of Police, Mr Nwodibo Ekechukwu and other top Police officers.

The Enugu Massacre left at least 20 people dead.

Senate Condemns Alleged Fulani Herdsmen Attack In Enugu

Petroleum Industry BillThe Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerenmadu, has condemned the killing of more than 50 people in Enugu State by suspected herdsmen.

Senator Ekwerenmadu reminded lawmakers that the Senate had asked the Committees on Agriculture and National Intelligence to hold a public hearing to find solutions to the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in several communities in the country.

A similar motion was considered in the House of Representatives. Rep Chukwuemeka Ujam, who raised the motion warned that if drastic measures are not taken, the incident is likely to reoccur.

The House of Representatives subsequently mandated the Inspector General of Police to immediately conduct a thorough investigation into the attack on a community and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

The House has also invited the Director General of the Department of State Security to explain the rising cases of unidentified herdsmen causing mayhem in the country.

At least 20 persons were allegedly killed in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State while property worth millions of Naira were destroyed.