In the aftermath of the Fulani pogrom unleashed on residents of Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani LGA, the chief security officer and Governor of Enugu State have maintained he alerted security forces in the state hours before the attack happened.
According to Ugwuanyi, “On Sunday, April 24, by 7 pm, the night before this carnage took place, I got security information from Uzo-Uwani Local Government Transition Chairman, Hon. Cornell Onwubuya that such an incident was likely to take place in the state. I immediately summoned a meeting of the State Security Council which commenced by 10 pm.
“The meeting was attended by the following: Garrison Commander, Brigadier General Olufemi Akinjobi who normally represents the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 82 Division Nigerian Army; the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu; the State Director of Department State Security Services (DSS), Mr. M. Abdul Malik; the State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Mr. Lar Stephen; Representatives of the Nigerian Air force, Federal Road Safety Corps and Nigerian Prison Services, who attended as observers.
“In the meeting, we received assurances from the Commissioner of Police that the Area Commander of SARS was on ground in Nimbo. That the 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 and conventional police were already drafted to Nimbo and Abbi communities.
Sadly enough, the Fulani invasion took place leaving scores dead. In reaction to this revelation, the Ohaneze Youth Council (OYC) issued an ultimatum to all Hausa-Fulani herdsmen in seven Southern Nigerian States including Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Delta, Imo and Rivers, to vacate their lands in 3 days. The directive was signed by the National Vice President of the group, Mazi Obinna Achuonye and the Chairmen of OYC.
In response, Fulani herdsmen and pety traders of Northern extraction have vacated towns and coties in South-East. They have joined forces with Fulani herdsmen who are currently regrouping in the forests around Amalla in Udenu Local Government and Umuogbo Agu and Ette border in Igboeze North Local Government areas of the state.
Recall that Fulani herdsmen relocated their cattle from Uzo Uwani LGA and neighboring LGAs before hitting Nimbo.