I alerted security operatives before Fulani herdsmen attack, says Ugwuanyi

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Following the slaughter of 46 Ukpabi, Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State natives last Monday, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, on Friday, accused security agencies in the state of complicity despite assurances they gave him that planned attack will be forestalled.

Ugwuanyi made the accusation while speaking in an emotional laden tone during a news briefing at Government House attended by the Deputy Senate President, Ike

Ekweremadu,Deputy Governor,Cecila Ezeilo,all serving senators and House of Representatives members in the state.

The governor’s speech read in part:”On Sunday, April 24, by 7 pm, the night before this carnage took place, I got security information from Uzo-Uwani Local Government Transition Chairman, Hon. Cornell Onwubuya that such an incident was likely to take place in the state.

I immediately summoned a meeting of the State Security Council which commenced by 10 pm.

The meeting was attended by the following: Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Olufemi Akinjobi who normally represents the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army; the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu; the State Director of Department State Security Services (DSS), Mr. M. Abdul Malik; the State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Lar Stephen; Representatives of the Nigerian Air force, Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigerian Prison Services, who attended as observers.

“From the side of government were, myself, the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Secretary to the State Government, the Chief of Staff, the Chairman, State Traditional Rulers Council and the Honourable Attorney General of the State.

“In the meeting, we received assurances from the Commissioner of Police that the Area Commander of SARS was on ground in Nimbo. That the Anti-Terrorism Unit was at Nimbo. That he was in contact with the Kogi State Commissioner of Police and reported suspected herdsmen grouping at Odolu in Kogi State preparatory for an attack on Nimbo and Abbi communities. That Police mobile force and conventional police were already drafted to Nimbo and Abbi communities. That he was in touch with the Area Commander, Idah, ACP Ikegwuonwu and had linked him with the Area Commander, Nsukka, ACP Monday Kuryas. Both men according to the CP reported that there were no traces of suspected herdsmen in Nsukka or Idah.

“That he ordered the Area Commander, Nsukka to redeploy to Nimbo. That the Garrison Commander on his part assured the meeting that Military was already deployed to Nimbo. Let me state that the State Government provided logistics for these deployments. After receiving these assurances of deployments to Nimbo, I felt quite confident that we had done everything possible to forestall an attack on Nimbo.”

“I have deliberately narrated what transpired at the Security Council meeting fully conscious of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution pertaining to my oath of office. I am doing this in due discharge of my duties as Governor.

“Sadly, in the early hours of Monday reports of this carnage reached me. More disturbing was the report that the attack of innocent and defenceless citizens were carried out at about 6.30 am. Further reports available to me indicate that apart from the killing and maiming of innocent and defenceless citizens of Nimbo, a Church was also burnt. Following this development, I engaged the security agencies in order to ensure that the Nimbo area was secured from further attacks that might escalate the situation.

“I am at once, constituting a judicial commission of inquiry to investigate the immediate and remote causes of all the violent occurrences in the State associated with suspected Fulani Herdsmen and recommend appropriate measures that will be put in place to prevent future occurrence.

“What happened between 6.30am and 7.30 am on Monday 25th April, 2016 despite assurances from the Security Agencies? Only the Security Agencies can answer this question”.


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The tension was prompted, especially because the Ukpabi-Nimbo  invasion came less than three weeks after the same suspected herdsmen invaded another Enugu community, Ugwuleshi in Awgu, where 76 people were arrested and clamped into Umuahia Prisons where they spent over 10 days before being granted bail by an Umuahia Magistrates Court.

The increased attacks by suspected  herdsmen in the South-East and other areas have pushed government, communities and groups to take proactive measures.

For instance, Abia State House of Assembly has passed a resolution, mandating security agencies to thoroughly search all trucks and other vehicles conveying to the state or passing through the state, laden with cattle, onion, tomato, fruit and other goods, from other parts of the country.

The resolution of the House was prompted by a motion of urgent public importance raised by the Minority Leader, Mr. Chibuzo Okogbuo, who lamented the carnage caused by the suspected herdsmen in the Enugu community.

In the resolution, the House also urged security agencies to promptly prosecute herdsmen found in possession of illegal arms.

To further checkmate herdsmen, the lawmakers  mandated every community in Abia State to be “vigilant, proactive and resist the ugly activities of herdsmen”.

The House equally called on traditional rulers in the state to sensitize their people on the destructive activities of herdsmen and to engage the leadership of Hausa/Fulani communities in their areas in interactive sessions aimed at embracing a peaceful relationship.

The Speaker of the House, Mr. Martins Azubuike, in his remarks, urged  security agencies to be more vigilant and alive to their responsibilities and ensure adequate protection of lives and property.

Meanwhile, some Igbo leaders have blamed  herdsmen’s attacks on the inaction of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying that only the President can halt the  rampaging herdsmen.

Some of them also blamed state governors for not taking drastic actions against the invaders, urging them to be proactive in warding off the attacks by the herdsmen.

According to the Chairman of South East Town Unions, Chief Emeka Diwe, Buhari’s long silence over the invasion of communities and killing of innocent Nigerians by herdsmen was not encouraging.

As the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, the President, he said, must ensure the protection of lives and property and lamented that the Constitution left state governors powerless in matters of security.

“The truth is that only Buhari can stop his kinsmen from the attacks. This level of invasion, raping of women and killing of innocent Nigerians is suspicious. The least expensive solution, which is also the most effective in solving the problem of herdsmen’s attacks  is that only Buhari can stop his kinsmen”, Diwe said.

“For those blaming state governors, what do they want them to do? The President is the commander-in- chief of the armed  forces. No governor has direct control of any security service in Nigeria.  At least, we learnt about the problem encountered by the Enugu governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, in his effort to reach out to President Buhari over the Fulani herdsmen attacks in his state. The President is supposed to be working directly with governors on security issues. What sense did it make that after the people of  Ukpabi-Nimbo were killed and houses burnt, security was later deployed? I think we are playing politics with security issues.

“As leaders of town unions in the five states of the South-East, we are disturbed by the activities of the rampaging Fulani herdsmen who have continued to destroy farmlands, rape women and kill innocent people. We are further worried that President Buhari is yet to give this problem the serious attention it deserves. The Fulani herdsmen attack did not start today, but the question is: Were they this daring in their attacks before Buhari emerged President?

“People have been killed in Agatu; in Delta, a monarch was kidnapped and found dead. Millions of others have been displaced from their homes. Now Ukpabi-Nimbo community in Enugu has been attacked and people  massacred. Enough is enough; we won’t tolerate this again in any part of Igbo land. Nigeria is treading a dangerous path. The President should do everything to douse the suspicion. We are not saying he sent them, but he has the authority to check the attacks to avoid reprisal. Otherwise, individuals and communities may resort to self-defence”.

A civil servant in Umuahia, who simply gave his name as Mr. Nwoke, also blamed security agencies for the spread of the attacks by herdsmen, saying they lack adequate intelligence.

He also questioned the Department of State Service [DSS] silence over the attacks on Enugu communities when they raised the alarm over alleged shallow graves with five Fulani and two Igbo  bodies. Nwoke cautioned them on the way they handle issues to avoid stoking crisis.


 

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