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Fulani Herdsmen Invade Nimbo Community in Enugu State

The Nigerian Senate was stunned this morning by gory tales from Senator Chukwuka –Enugu North where Fulani herdsmen invaded the Nimbo Communitynimbo fulani attack in Enugu State and made mockery of death.

Rising on Rules 42 and 52, Senate Utazi sought the leave of the Senate to draw the attention of the Senate to the invasion of his senatorial District as a matter of urgent Public importance.

In the motion Utaze said that, ’around 4:00am in the early hours of Monday, 25th April, 2016, Fulani cattle herdsmen in their number, armed with sophisticated dangerous weapons invaded Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu State, while the inhabitants were asleep;

  1. Informed that about seven villages namely Nimbo Ngwoko, Ugwuijoro, Ekwuru, Ebor, Enugu Nimbo, Umuome and Ugwuechara were predominantly the areas attacked by the herdsmen;
  2. Informed that these rampaging gunmen, who entered through the t with Kogi State, unleashed unspeakable mayhem on the Community, shooting, hacking, knifing, matcheting, slitting the throats of unsuspecting residents of the village and torching buildings;
  3. Shocked that following this orgy of killings by the herdsmen, about 38 people were gruesomely murdered, over 100 persons sustained varying degrees of injury, many fatally, many domestic livestock were slaughtered and countless number of houses and other property were razed. There is ongoing intensive search to recover more corpses or account for missing persons;
  4. Informed that two Churches, Christ Holy Church of Nigeria, aka Odozi Obodo, and the Parish House of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in the Community were torched.
  5. Informed that the dead have been deposited at the mortuary of Bishop Shanahan Hospital, and the General Hospital in Nsukka; the injured are being treated in various hospital in Nsukka, while the severe cases of injury have been moved to the UNTH, Enugu;
  6. Informed that the whole Nimbo town is in panic and deserted as the human population has been moving into neighboring communities like Nkpologu, Uvuru, Adani, with some running Northwards towards Nsukka and others Southwards towards Omasi in Anambra State. There is widespread fear of more attacks as there has been recurring attacks by herdsmen on communities in Uzo-Uwani Local Government recently;
  7. Concerned that the towns that harbor these Internally Displaced Persons are themselves in panic, apprehensive of a possible attack by these marauding herdsmen, while the risk of an outbreak of disease due to the pressure on available facilities in these rural Communities is looming;
  8. Recalls that only about three months ago, Abbi Community, a neighboring Community to Nimbo was attacked by herdsmen and scores of people were killed, houses and barns of farms produce set ablaze which also formed part of the fulcrum of the earlier motion referred to above;
  9. Worried that the regularity and audacity of these attacks has become a pattern and the whole people of Uzo-Uwani LGA are facing a clear danger of extermination;
  10. Further worried that the Boko Haram terrorists fleeing the sustained onslaught of the military in the North East may be fleeing southwards, massing around communities, unleashing havoc in their wake;
  11. Disturbed that we are witnessing the incipient activities of terrorism in the Southern part of Nigeria, beginning with the South East, as the choice of targeting churches and places of worship is not consistent with even the most criminal of ordinary herdsmen’s activities;
  12. Aware that the purpose of Government is the welfare and security of the people;
  13. Pained that there was credible intelligence on the impending attack of Nimbo that was passed on to security agencies to forestall the attack and protect lives and property, yet somehow, their action disturbed that it is strange that of all economic groups in this Country, only herdsmen openly bear and flaunt sophisticated arms, even along highways, without any form of interference by security authorities, giving the impression that some groups are officially certified as being above the law;
  14. Concerned that the unrestrained and rampant violent activities of herdsmen across the Country is like sitting on a keg of gun-powder as people and Communities would have no option but take extra –ordinary measures to defend themselves from these recurring brutal attacks with grave implications for national security;
  15. Concerned that the silence of security authorities to these series of attacks which contrasts with the rush to issue public statement, as recently witnessed, gives the impression that there are grades of killings the Security Service may take interest in this militates against harmonious co-existence in a nation like ours; and
  16. Convinced that a stich in time saves nine. And that Nigeria can ill-afford multiplicity of security crises bedeviling it now and must therefore nip this rising threat of herdsmen and the sustained infiltration of the South East by terrorists posing as herdsmen, before it escalates beyond what we can manage.

The Senate Commiserated with the Nimbo and other affected Communities and the people of Enugu State; called on the Security Agencies to improve on Intelligence gathering capabilities and invited security chiefs to brief the senate on the movement of fleeing terrorists.

The Senate constituted an ad-hoc committee with membership from each geo-political zone to investigate the perennial conflicts between communities and cattle herdsmen.

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