Enugu State hires Army General to tackle Fulani herdsmen

A Northern community Hausa/Fulani residents in Enugu State has protested over the detention of one of their members for more than one year without trial.

Abdullahi Shuaibu, alias IBB, was taken into custody by the Department of State Security on August 19, 2015, and had not been released since then.

Shuaibu represented the goat sellers association at the New Artisan market, Enugu, before he was picked up by DSS operatives.

The group alleged that the DSS had not levelled any clear allegations against their leader.

The group forwarded a letter to the DSS’ Director saying that “We submit that it is not only unlawful but also unconstitutional to detain a citizen of this country for over a year without trial.”

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Fearing civil unrest, the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has initiated moves to stall civil unrest and incessant attacks perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen.

Ugwuanyi inaugurated a state security committee to tackle the challenge.

Ugwuanyi however stated that the committee was completely different from the state security council.

Recall that Nimbo and Atakwu Akegbeugwu communities in Enugu State have witness spates of attacks by Fulani herdsmen.

The attacks have resulted in the [neutralization] of more than 20 residents.

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The committee is headed by Brigadier General Fred Eze (rtd).

The committee also have representation of Fulani and Hausa communities too.

The committee also comprises members of the Enugu State executive council, members of the Enugu State house of assembly, security agencies including police, army, SSS and civil defense.

Others include 17 LGA chairmen, traditional rulers, CAN, student leaders, cattle market traders, Fulani, Shuwa Arab and Hausa communities in Enugu State.

In response, Retired General Eze said the committee would “Carry out in depth study with a view to finding lasting solutions to ensure that there is absolute peace and tranquility in the state.”