Police debunks report of tension in Nimbo

Cyril Okonkwo, Enugu

L-R: Secretary, Fulani Community in Enugu State, Bala Ardo; traditional ruler of Uzo-Uwani community, Igwe John Ako; leader, Fulani community in the state, Ardo Saidu Bosso; and former Senior Special Adviser to former governor of the state on inter-communal matters, Hon. Ahmed Abubakar debunking the allegation of another suspected Fulani herdsmen attack on Nimbo while briefing press men in, Enugu.

The Enugu state command  the Nigeria Police Force has debunked reports in the media of palpable fear of renewed violence in the Ukpabi Nimbo Community of Uzo Uwani Council of the state.

A newspaper publication said that there were fears in Nimbo community where suspected herdsmen had attacked in the early hours April 25 this year, killing several people.

However, a statement from the Police Public Relations Officer, Enugu State Command, Mr Ebere Amarizu, described  the reporters story ” as figment of his imagination as he could not exercise professionalism which demands that all the sides must be reached on the event of any issue to enable balance reportage as this also,would have enabled him to be in the picture of the  state of things in Nimbo community.”

The police spokesman said that the state command, working in partnership with other security agencies, relevant stake holders and government of the state has constantly ensured that normalcy returned to the community as security operatives have been on ground since the incident.

According to the statement, the Nimbo community and its environs have been peaceful as business activities have resumed in its full capacity.

It further stated that “… probe into the publication revealed that  it is not only false but baseless and aimed at undermining the effort of the state government as well as that of the security Agencies put in place to restore normalcy and to ensure that there is lasting peace not only in Nimbo but other communities in the state.”

It stated that the Commissioner of Police in Enugu State, Mr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, has visited the  community and its environs several times since assumption of duty in the state to reassure  them of adequate security.

It also said that security operatives on duty at Nimbo community indicate that the area “is still peaceful and that there is no trace of fulani herdsmen since after the ugly incident.”

The police statement said that the Area commander Nsukka Zone and the Divisional Police Officer for Adani in charge of Nimbo have also confirmed that there was no trace of herdsmen in the area since after the incident in April.

The traditional ruler of Nimbo community Igwe John Akor and the chairman of Uzouwani local Government Area Cornel Onwubuya who maintained that the area is peaceful and there has not been any trace of Fulani Herdsmen and their cattle since after the ugly incident and wondered why there should be such publication.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Fulani herdsmen were summoned to a meeting at the Government House, Enugu on Wednesday, the secretary, Bala Ardo maintained that the herdsmen have not returned to Nimbo since the incident.

He stated that he was sure that his people cannot go there but assured that he has been working with the security agencies, government and leaders of the  herdsmen to foster peace in the state.