The Enugu State Governor, Hon Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, yesterday took a swipe at security agencies over last Monday’s killing of some indigenes of Nimbo community in Uzo Uwani LGA by suspected Fulani herdsmen, saying they were yet to justify why the carnage occurred despite security reports and logistics provided to them prior to the attack.
The governor who briefed journalists in Enugu after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential Villa, vowed to constitute a judicial commission of inquiry into the remote causes of the reported cases of Fulani herdsmen attacks on communities in Enugu State.
The governor said he was satisfied that the President had ordered the security agencies to fish out the suspects. His words, “This situation cannot be allowed to continue. For this reason, I sought audience with His Excellency, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. Our discussions were frank and cordial. I am very grateful to the President for his prompt and decisive reaction to the incident in Nimbo’.
‘The President came out with a clear and unmistakable condemnation of this dastardly act and gave clear and definite directives to the
security agencies to fish out these criminals and bring them to justice’.
“Let me state that the State Government provided logistics for these deployments. After receiving these assurances of deployments to Nimbo, I felt quite confident that we had done everything possible to forestall an attack on Nimbo. I have deliberately narrated what transpired at the Security Council meeting fully conscious of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution pertaining to my oath of office. I am doing this in due discharge of my duties as governor’.
Ugwuanyi lamented that the alleged menace of the Fulani herdsmen in the past three months were recorded at Awgu Nike, Abi, Nsukka and Nimbo of recent, saying it was reason for the judicial commission of inquiry to find the remote causes and prevent future occurrences.
“Now in less than three months, violent clashes have occurred in Enugu State in Awgu, Nike, Abbi and Nimbo between suspected Fulani herdsmen and our people.” he said