Thursday, 9 June 2016

Herdsmen reportedly return to Nimbo community, threaten to unleash more terror on community members

Just a month after some herdsmen carried out attacks on residents of Nimbo community in Enugu state killing several people, another set of herdsmen have reportedly arrived the community, threatening to carry out more attacks on the community members.  The Sun reports that the traditional ruler of the community, Igwe John Ikemefuna Akoh, disclosed the recent development to members of the Nsukka General Assembly who paid him a courtesy call recently.
In his words:
“We are glad you people are here today to also share our present fear. For the past two days, our people have not been going to farm as Fulani herdsmen have taken over the entire farm in Nimbo community destroying farmlands and threatening to unleash more terror. Some of our people who saw them said they told them that they were back to unleash more terror with more sophisticated weapons. The herdsmen chased them away and ushered their cattle into the farm. Since then, many people have left the village because they are afraid that more disastrous attack would happen at any time. We have called the Divisional Police Officer in charge of this area and he said they did not have fuel in their vehicle,” the Igwe said.
A member of the group, Chief Nnia Nwodo immediately called the state's Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, to inform him of the recent development. The commissioner then told the group that he will immediately order men of the Nsukka Police Command to move in and forestall any breakdown of law and order. Chairman of Nsukka General Assembly, Prof. Lawrence Ochor charged the youths in Nimbo community to mobilise and protect themselves.
"I urge the youths of Nimbo to mobilise themselves and protect their village from the menace of Fulani herdsmen. We cannot run away from our village, it is time full state of emergency is declared so as to avert another possible attack. We are confident that the administration of Governor Ugwuanyi is on top of this matter but, more effort is needed from everybody to rescue our state from the hands of Fulani herdsmen.”
The community, has however called on the state government to declare a state of emergency in the area so as to help avert the impending danger. Speaking through their spokesman, Apostle Dr. Akachukwu Clement, the community said their lives have been threatened following the return of Fulani herdsmen.

“No amount of security personnel can stop these people.”