Commission of Inquiry on Nimbo attack inaugurated

Cyril Okonkwo, Enugu

Governor Ugwuanyi ( third from right) with memeber of the commission on inquiry in to the Nimbo attacks by herdsmen.

The Enugu State Government has inaugurated a seven-man Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look into the  killings and destruction of property in Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani local government council by suspected herdsmen.

Suspected herdsmen had invaded the Nimbo community last month, killing scores of people and  destroying properties.

A former judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Chukwuma Ene, will serve as chairman of the commission.

Other members include Major General Godwin Ugwuoke (rtd), Prof. Uchenna Nwagha, Prof. Osita Nnamani Ogbu  and Anthonia Nkemdilim Ugbene-Mgbachi.

Inaugurating the commission of inquiry at Government House Enugu, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi charged the members to unravel the circumstances surrounding the dastardly act, with a view to bringing justice to all concerned in line with section 4(1) of the Commission of Inquiry Law, Cap 24, Revised Laws of Enugu State 2004.

According to the  terms of reference, Governor Ugwuanyi tasked the commission members to, among other things,  ascertain the remote causes of the bloodbath and destruction of  property, investigate and ascertain the number of people killed, injured and their identities as well as the extent of the security forces’ involvement.

They are also to ascertain the property destroyed, their owners and the values as well as recommend appropriate measures to be taken to forestall a future occurrence, among others.

‘Justice will be done’

Responding on behalf of other members, the chairman of the commission,  Retired Justice Chukwuma Ene, JSC, said that with the wealth of experience of the members justice would be done in line with the rule of  law.

He thanked the governor and the people of Enugu State for the trust and confidence reposed in them

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr Emmanuel Ojukwu, has said that the high-level investigative team deployed by the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to the Nimbo Community would unravel the cause of incident and those involved in the attack.

Addressing journalists at the Police Headquarters in Enugu, Mr Ojukwu said the “job of the police is to find out those who killed people at Nimbo and bring such persons to justice.”

He said the question of the number of those killed in the attack should not be the main issue because the death of one person means a great loss.

He said: “We are talking of human beings here. The death of one Nigerian is a minus to all of us. So, leave the figure. The issue is that Nigerians were killed in such questionable circumstance.”