Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Tuesday wept at Ukpabi Nimbo, uzo-Uwani local government area of the State while on assessment tour of the destruction caused in the community by invading Fulani herdsmen.
Ugwuanyi, who could not hold back tears, was in the company of Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu and the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru.
Also in the Governor’s entourage was the State Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Stephen Lar.
During the visit, the Governor declared two days fasting and prayer in the State, asking residents to commit the situation into God’s hand.
“It calls for sober reflection. This is a trying period, not just for this community but for all of us. Be that as it may, what has happened has happened. This is not time to blame anybody. Government will do what it is supposed to do.
“I understand that economic activities have been shut down here. We will as a government make available the sum of N5million to the leaders of this community and then from there proceed to the hospital, settle all the bills and then later we go to the next line of action” Ugwuanyi said.
The Governor called on the entire people of Enugu State to please fast for two days and put this into the hands of God as Enugu is in the hands of God.
Ugwuanyi re-assured the community that the government and the people of Enugu State were behind them, saying “your pain is our pain, you are the true heroes of democracy and we cannot abandon you. That is why I am here.”
Governor Ugwuanyi was later at the palace of the traditional ruler of Nimbo, His Royal Highness, Igwe John Ako, who described the attack as unprovoked.
“We had a black Monday yesterday; no week passes by without our women being raped and our men killed by the herdsmen.
“We appeal for military and police presence; our people don’t go to farm again; they come to the farm, point gun at the farmer, ask him to go away, and the cattle will feed on the farm; we don’t go to farm
again,” Ako said.
Meanwhile, one more dead body, Mr. Ugwuogbu, a teacher was recovered from the bush yesterday.
But, the Nigerian Police said in a statement on Tuesday that seven persons died in the attacks contrary to the high casualty figures reported in some sections of the media.
According to a statement by the State Police Spokesman, Ebere Amaraizu, “the attention of Enugu State Police Command has been drawn to various publications in some sections of the media regarding the incident at Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State and hereby present the facts as follows for the guidance of members of the public and to avoid being misinformed.
“On the 25th of April 2016, at about 0630 hours (6.30am), some hoodlums invaded the fringes of Nimbo Community in Uzo-Uwani local government area of Enugu State, killing six persons and injuring 11 and one person, subsequently died.
“That the police and Army Team in the area noticing what was going on, responded whereby the hoodlums fled after also burning the house of Rev. Pastor Samuel Chukwuemeka, two vehicles and one other vehicle damaged.
“It has become necessary to give information/update of earlier information by the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command and state the actual figures as so many figures are bandied about by various sections of the media” Amaraizu said.
Amaraizu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) said the command sympathizes with the bereaved families and wishes to re-assure the public that the perpetrators will not go unpunished.