Stop further attacks on Enugu communities – Labour union charges Buhari
The Enugu State Chapter of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), has called on the federal government to take urgent and drastic measures to put an end to the incessant attacks and killings of innocent citizens by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Reacting to the recent attack on Ndiagu Attakwu Akegbeugwu community in Nkanu West Local Government Area of Enugu State, which led to the death of a catholic seminarian and four injured persons, the labour leaders in a statement jointly signed by the State Chairman of Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, Comrade Igbokwe Chukwuma Igbokwe and its secretary, Comrade Benneth Asogwa, described the incident as “inhuman and callous”.
They argued that since the security agencies in the country are under the control of the federal government, it is the responsibility of the President to direct the Nigeria Police Force, the Army and other security operatives to stop the ungodly activities of the herdsmen and ensure that they carry out the directives to the letter.
The labour leaders lamented that it was unfortunate that some people were blaming the state government for the continued attacks on communities by the herdsmen, stressing that it is only when the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria exercises his constitutional powers that the issue of the herdsmen would be laid to rest.
While calling on the Police and other security operatives in the state to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to book, the congress commended the Enugu State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for his prompt visit to the ravaged community and the efforts he had put in place to maintain peace, protect the lives and property of the people of the state as well as ensure that the incident did not escalate.
“The congress condoles with families of the victims of the attack on Ndiagu Attakwu community and the entire people of Enugu State over the unfortunate incident of the suspected Fulani herdsmen. We strongly believe that the sincere intervention of the federal government is the only permanent solution to the incessant attacks from the herdsmen, which have threatened the peace and unity of the country”, the statement said.
… As group blasts Enugu State Govt
Meanwhile non governmental organization, the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), has accused the Enugu State government of not doing enough to forestall dangerous activities of herdsmen in the State.
The group in a statement on Monday slammed the Enugu State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Meletus Eze over the inability of his office to prosecute suspects arrested over the killing of some residents by Fulani herdsmen.
It could be recalled that on the 25th day of April 2016, the peaceful town of Ukpabi Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, leading to the death of many and several others injured.
Exactly four months later, another Enugu community, Attakwu, Akegbe-Ugwu also came under a deadly attack.
Prior to the second attack, precisely on the 25th May 2016, the Police headquarters, Abuja, under the leadership of the former Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase, paraded 5, suspects who were arrested in connection with the Nimbo massacre.
The said 5 suspects are: Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Saleh Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute.
The Police High Command had maintained at the press briefing of May 25th 2016, that there were overwhelming evidence against the suspects, as video recording of the massacre was also found on one of the suspects’ phone.
Speaking to the development, President of CRRAN, Barr. Olu Omotayo expressed worry that “since that 25th May 2016, which is over 3 months ago”, the office of the Enugu Attorney General “has not deemed it fit to call for the case file in respect of this case from the police and commence process to initiate criminal trial of the arrested suspects.”
The group told Eze that “as the No.1, Legal officer of Enugu State, it is your office that has the constitutional power to commence or discontinue legal prosecution of criminal trials in the state.
“We, therefore, demand that you urgently call for the case file from the police in respect of this matter with a view to commence the criminal trial of these suspects. The offences they committed are serious offences against the state and the citizens of Enugu State.
“This is not a political matter or a matter you need the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation before you take action.
“So, we demand urgent action from your office in respect of this matter, in the interest of justice for the state and the relatives of the innocent souls mauled down by the attackers.”