Enugu Police Commissioner Removed Over Attack By Fulani Herdsmen
The Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu, has been removed over the attack on Ukpabi Nimbo in Enugu State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
The Force Public Relations Officer of the Nigeria Police, Bisi Kolawole, confirmed on Tuesday that Ekechukwu had been redployed out of the state to another command.
She, however, did not state why the police boss was redeployed.
“The Enugu State CP has been posted out of the state to another command and a new CP, Emmanuel Ojukwu, has taken over. The redeployment is part of strategies to improve police effectiveness across the country,” she stated.
It is recalled that, on Monday last week, no fewer than 20 persons in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, were killed while many other residents were injured during an attack by Fulani herdsmen.
Also, scores of armed cattle breeders, reportedly numbering more than 100, stormed the sleepy community in the early hours of the day.
The police high command was said to have been angry due to the fact that the villagers had informed the state police command about the impending attack but the formation did nothing to forestall the killings.
Enugu State has experienced significant bloodshed from attacks by Fulani herdsmen and communal violence.
Ojukwu, the new state police commissioner, is a former Force PRO.
Meanwhile, after weeks of seeming reluctance, President Muhammadu Buhari said he had ordered heads of security agencies to take all necessary actions to apprehend rampaging herdsmen who had continued to wreak havoc on different communities across the country.
According to a statement on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President spoke while receiving members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday evening.
The President, who was reacting to reports of continued attacks by gun-wielding herdsmen, restated his administration’s resolve to deal decisively and expeditiously with the matter.
“We are determined to secure all Nigerians and I have told the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies, in very strong terms, to deal decisively with the attackers,” the President said.
Buhari expressed his personal condolences to the Catholic Bishop of Enugu, the people of Ukpabi Nimbo and all other communities that had suffered fatalities and other losses from the recent attacks.
Speaking on other national issues, the President assured the clerics that he was acting with deliberation and moving methodically to implement his change agenda for the good of the country.
“We need to rebuild our institutions methodically, we need to change the way we do things.
“In the last 10 years, crude oil sold for more than $100 per barrel, but Nigeria did not save. That is why we have found ourselves where we are today,” President Buhari told the Catholic Bishops, led by Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Jos.
The President assured them that his administration was working very hard to fulfil all the promises it had made to Nigerians, adding that his greatest motivating factor was the desire to bring positive change to Nigeria.