Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, on Sunday visited Nimbo community of Enugu where Fulani herdsmen had wrecked havoc last Monday.
Ekweremadu, who led other members of the National Assembly to the area, described the damage done to the community as devastating.
The Deputy Senate President, who equally visited the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, where some of the injured are receiving treatment, expressed shock over the number of deaths recorded during the attack.
He announced the donation of a transformer to the community, even as he assured them that “this will bring an end to what herdsmen are doing in Nigeria; we shall do our best to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, whether here or elsewhere.
“NEMA will also visit here tomorrow with relief material. In the meantime, the National Assembly caucus in our state is donating the sum of N2 million naira to you to help you start the rebuilding process.
“We are going to ensure that roads here are given clear attention; after four years, the story of Uzo-Uwani will change.
“I will also give you a transformer within the next three to four days”, he promised.
Also, both Hon. Patrick Asadu and Hon. Dennis Agbo representing Nsukka/Igbo-Eze South and Igbo-Eze North/Udenu federal constituencies, respectively, declared that “enough is enough”, maintaining that the attack on Nimbo would not be taken for granted.
“They have been doing this and going free but this attack on Nimbo will be the last. The people doing this are not just cattle rearers; they are terrorists, Boko Haram elements; we are not going to take it”, Asadu declared.
Earlier the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Nimbo, the Rev. Fr. Okeke Obetta, had told the delegation how some of the herdsmen numbering over 50 descended on the Church and vandalized it after several attempts to set it ablaze failed.
According to him, “there were 14 persons in the Parish House that day when they stormed the place. They were desperately searching for fuel with which to set the church ablaze. They turned the our two generators upside down, but there was no fuel there, so they couldn’t set the church ablaze.
“Out of that frustration, they now started shooting at every corner of the Church; they were all wielding AK-47. They succeeded in shattering all the windows with their bullets. All the people inside kept praying while this lasted; only God’s grace saved us.”
He further disclosed that “one of the people who were in the Church ran away when the attack started; but they caught him and killed him; we recovered him decomposing body few days after; he has been buried.”
Meanwhile, our correspondent reports that though commercial activities were yet to resume in the community, the residents are gradually returning to their homes.