The commissioner of Police (CP) of Enugu State, Mr Nwodibo Ekechukwu is currently under investigation by the Police High Command in Abuja over his roles in the killings in Nimbo, Uzo-Uwani community in the early hours of last Monday, and would likely face serious disciplinary action if the heavy allegations of serial misconduct leveled against him are substantiated.
The immediate cause of Ekechukwu’s ordeal were his alleged failure to block the attack by suspected Fulani herdsmen on the community which eventually claimed several lives, in spite of his earlier assurances at a security meeting convoked by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi following security reports on the eve of the attacks.
The complacent CP told the Emergency State Council Meeting that he had already taken adequate steps to foil the attack and save the lives that were lost, but the governor and others at the meeting did not know he had deceived them and allowed the attacks to go ahead without any restraint.
At a press conference yesterday in Enugu, Governor Ugwuanyi narrated how the CP Ekechukwu had given assurances that he had taken steps to block the planned attacks by the marauders by dispatching the Area Commanders of Nsukka and contacted the CP of Kogi State, whom he claimed had also dispatched the Area Commander in Ida to the neighbouring community in Kogi state where the attackers were converging before they attacked the community.
In the words of the Governor: “In the meeting, we received assurances from the Commissioner of Police that the Area Commander of Nsukka and SARS were on ground in Nimbo.
“He also assured that the Police Anti-Terrorism Unit was at Nimbo. That he was in contact with the Kogi State Commissioner of Police and reported suspected herdsmen grouping at Odolu in Kogi State preparatory for an attack on Nimbo and Abbi communities. That Police Mobile Force (PMF) and conventional police were already drafted to Nimbo and Abbi communities.
“That he was in touch with the Area Commander, Idah, ACP Ikegwuonwu and had linked him with the Area Commander, Nsukka, ACP Monday Kuryas. Both men according to the CP, reported that there were no traces of suspected herdsmen in Nsukka or Idah.”
There might be several pending reports of misconduct levelled against CP Ekechukwu from many other quarters as it was learnt that “many DCPs and ACPs in the Enugu State Command are showing open anger against the said activities of the CP”, who is said to belong to the Deeper Life Bible Church whose members are reputed for their piety and integrity.
The Mbaise, Imo State-born Nwodibo Ekechukwu, a lawyer who is reportedly on his first-ever tour as command CP with his current posting to Enugu State, earlier this year, was the CP-Legal at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.
Ekechukwu is billed to retire next year and if he is indicted in the on-going investigations, it will be a smear to his service record at the twilight of his career.