The Nimbo community of Uzo Uwani LGA of Enugu State is demanding N17 billion from the federal government as compensation for human and property losses during the invasion of the community and the killing of 11 residents by Fulani herdsmen on the 25th of April. The community also wants a hospital and an inquest into the invasion in addition to a federal security presence in the community.
The traditional ruler of the community, John Akor, made the demand during a deposition at the panel of inquiry into the attack on Wednesday. He said that the money would be a recompense for the ills suffered by members of the community. He also said the community also needed a trauma hospital to rehabilitate victims of the attacks.
Mr. Akor said that 11 people lost their lives during the April 25 invasion while several others were injured, adding that the corpses were still at the morgues. He also said that the economy of the community was destroyed following the attacks.
“Our community demands a compensation of N17 billion for human losses, unlawful destruction of property and criminal deprivation of use of our farms for over two decades. The conclusive evidence of deaths recorded during the incursion stands at 11. The economy of our community has been ruined.
“Part of our prayers is for a combined team of police, DSS and the military to investigate why the invasion was not contained in spite of prior information to the effect.
“We equally request the Federal Government to establish security presence in Nimbo, being a border community.”
In his own testimony, the president-general of Nimbo Town Union, Mr Mathias Ekere, said the community had coexisted peacefully with the herdsmen for over 30 years. Mr Ekere said from the onset different cattle breeders resided in their community and local people insisted that each group must have identification mark.
He told the panel:
“When the arrangement of cattle identification was not working, the herdsmen had to relocate but came back in 2003. After they returned, our relationship with them became like that of cat and mouse. Our people are always intimidated because the herdsmen came with sophisticated weapons, order farmers to kneel down and match their cows to graze on cash crops.”
He said that at their return, the herdsmen did not come with their families, but had entered the community through Kogi state’s border with the state. He said that members of the community were still in paranoia and would no longer want herdsmen in the community.
“Our men were traumatised as our wives were raped in our presence. From our soured relationship, we do not want them again in our land. They should find another place to graze their cattle.”