The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Nwodibo Ekechukwu, was relieved of his duty yesterday, May 3, as a result of his failure to manage the clashes between Enugu State residents and Fulani herdsman, Sahara Reporters reveal.
The most recent of these gruesome attacks was the invasion of Ukpabi Nimbo community in Uzo-uwani Local Government Area of the state, by supposed Fulani herdsmen who unleashed terror on members of the community, killing about 48 people, destroying houses and properties worth millions of Naira, displacing hundreds of people and leaving many others fighting for survival at different hospitals, despite a prior information made available to the state police, headed by Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu as State Commissioner, alerting them of a planned invasion.
For the first time in a long while, the government has done what is right by taking an action that will go a long way in making security agencies in Nigeria take their duties of protecting the lives and properties of citizens seriously, especially with regards to the pressing national issue of the Fulani herdsmen constant killing of innocent, defenseless civilians.
According to Sahara Reporters, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu is to be replaced by the Kogi State Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu.
Meanwhile following the unfortunate killings Of Ukpabi Nimbo dwellers, Daily Post reports that Enugu state residents took to the streets on Tuesday, May 3, to express their displeasure. It was reported that a group under the umbrella of Concerned Citizens of Enugu state, moved to the streets, calling for an end to the killings.
The spokesperson of the group, Dr. McGinger Ibeneme, bemoaned the constant destruction of farmlands, killings, rape and kidnapping of people of the South-east by men suspected to be Fulani cattle rearers. Ibeneme said:
“The crux of the matter is that every day people go to their sleep and Fulani cattle herdsmen will come and slaughter them. Just few days ago, over 200 people were massacred in their village in Uzo-Uwani. Nobody has said their crime, there has never been any arrest; if anything, the Agwu indigenes were arrested for chasing away the invaders. They had to bail themselves. Their women were raped, men being abducted.
“We have heard about a Catholic priest being abducted, we have heard about churches being burnt, we have heard about women being raped. Every single day, day-by-day lives are lost. The federal government has refused to say anything; the presidency has been quiet over the Fulani. Are cows worth more than our lives? Why are they killing us, is it a crime to be a Nigerian? We just want answers. When will the killings stop? Why hasn’t the president sent the army, why hasn’t the president deployed the intelligence?
“They call them hoodlums, who are the hoodlums? Do the hoodlums have an army, that they invade a village and kill in hundreds? Were the Nigerian police asleep? Has there been any arrests?
“My appeal to the people is to open their eyes, to be alert, to be vigilant, to protect themselves against the invaders as the government can no longer protect us. It’s only a tree that will hear that it will die and it stays put. We are human beings; we have to shout for the whole world to hear us.
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“The genocide is going on. There is a systematic killing of our people. After the massacre the government will now send the police to come and calm us down so that there will not be reprisals. We are dying in our numbers”.