Police, Traditional Ruler, Others Deny Fresh Fulani Herdsmen’s Attack in Enugu Community

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Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu

The traditional ruler of Nimbo community of Uzouwani Local Government Area of Enugu, Igwe John Akor wednesday dismissed as false, mischievous and a calculated attempt by some people to instil fear and cause tension media reports that suspected Fulani Herdsmen had returned to the community barely two months after scores of people were killed in the area.

Also, the chairman of Uzo-Uwani council, Hon. Cornell Onwubuya and the state police command denied the said report insisting that nomalcy has not only returned in the area but that residents of the community who are mostly farmers have resumed their farming.

The Fulani community in the state also reassured the people of the state especially those of Nimbo community that they had mapped out strategies to ensure that the unfortunate April 25 invasion and killing of hapless villages by suspected hrders did not repeat itself.

There were reports in some Newspapers, yesterday, alleging that Fulani herdsmen had returned to Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State and raped no fewer than six women in the community. The publications also alleged that the herdsmen threatened to unleash more terror on the community.

But reacting to the development, the community’s traditional ruler, said it was totally false and misleading.
“There’s no Fulani in my community and I’m not aware that anybody has been raped. As of today, no such thing as fulani herdsmen in our land or community. Peace and nomalcy have returned and anybody insinuating that those people have returned and threatening to cause mayhem is not saying the truth.”

He also disclosed that the community was yet to fix a definite date for the burial of the over persons that were killed during the onslaught against the community in April, noting that a tentative date of June 17 was agreed by the stakeholders.

On his part, the Secretary of the Fulani community in Enugu state, Alhaji Bala Ardo who spoke on behalf of the the leader, Alhaji Ardo Saidu Bosso and Hon. Ahmed Abubakar noted that none of their members had moved into Nimbo community.

Also, the council chairman, Onwubuya in a statement said the said publications are false, mischievous and targeted at undermining the successful efforts made by the present administration in Enugu State to resolve the Nimbo incident, amicably.

On their part, the police in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, SP Ebere Amaraizu said the report was false noting that their men were still stationed in the community to ensure that nothing untoward happened.