Enugu Killings: Police Begin Aerial Surveillance of Troubled Community


Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

In a bid to forestall the possibility of another invasion of the troubled Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani council of Enugu state by suspected Fulani herdsmen, the state Police Command on Wednesday began aerial surveillance of the three senatorial zones of the state beginning from Ukpabi Nimbo and Nsukka zone.

Residents of the community had raised the alarm concerning possible further attacks. They however said they would vacate the area should the military, police and other security agencies deployed to maintain peace round up their assignments and leave.

They insisted that but for the presence of the security men in the area, “no single soul would still remain in the community” in view of their sad experience in the hands of the suspected herders.

But a statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said the aerial surveillance being carried out by the air wing of the police is targeted at having proper sight of all the nooks and crannies of not only the community but the entire state for effective crime prevention and control.

The release noted that the Enugu Commissioner of Police, Emmanuel Ojukwu, had noted that the gesture was part of the Inspector General’s commitment to ensuring “that the entire area is made safe while advising members of the public not to entertain fear or panic as the helicopter patrols their areas”.