- As CAN rejects Grazing Reserve Bill
By Christopher Isiguzo
The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has despatched forensic experts and a team of investigators to Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzouwani council of Enugu state where scores of people were killed last month when suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the community.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Emmanuel Ojukwu, said during his maiden press conference that the team has been mandated to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the invasion and ensure that all those involved in one way or the other were not only fished out but made to face the law.
He disclosed that the police was committed to ensuring that all those who were gruesomely murdered got justice, disclosing that already steps have been taken by the police to forestall a repeat of such dastardly act in the state.
“Our job is to find who killed those innocent people. Everybody is clamouring for justice on the matter. As I speak, good investigators backed with forensics have been sent to Nimbo, by the time we are done, you all will see that a good job has geen done as no stone will be left unturned,” he said.
On the Police Corporal, one Chukwu who was said to have tipped off the invaders on the security situation in the community before they struck, the Police Commissioner said investigation was still on, noting that “until he is found guilty, he is still presumed innocent”.
“His conduct is being x-rayed, we are conscious of the activities of our officers, search light has been beamed on him and once he’s found culpable, he will certainly go in for it,” he noted.
On whether any of the suspected herdsmen had been arrested, Ojukwu said though a number of arrests had been made, he would not speak further on the matter until the team of investigators were through with their jobs.
Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State Chapter, has rejected the proposed bill for grazing reserve in the country, describing it as a “private business” that should not be allowed to see the light of the day.
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