Peace returns to Nimbo after massacre

By Patrick Egwu, Enugu

Life is returning gradually and so is peace to Ukpabi-Nimbo after the gruesome attack by Fulani herdsmen that left many people dead and several others wounded.

It could be recalled that Nimbo community in Enugu State was deserted following the killing of 11 residents by suspected herdsmen during the April 25, 2016 massacre.

President General of the town union, Chief Matthias Ekere disclosed this in an interview with the media.

Ekere who spoke to our correspondent on the development at Nimbo said that the people had yet to shrug-off the trauma occasioned by the killing of their kiths and kin.

He said that some of those that ran away at the wake of the incident had returned, while the whereabouts of many were still unknown.

“Life and normalcy have returned to our community, but the trauma is still with us. We are begging those who are yet to return to come back.

“People are moving about everywhere doing their businesses,” he said.

Ekere, however, said that life had never remained the same as most of the returnees had found it difficult to feed their families and take care of other needs.

He said that the town union had ran out of relief materials and appealed to spirited individuals and those that had pledged their assistance to come to their rescue and thanked the Catholic Diocese of Nsukka for the pledge it made to assist victims and their families.

“The Catholic Church in Nsukka zone promised to take care of the needs of the victims and their families for a long time to come,” Ekere said.

In a related development, members of the commission of inquiry set up by Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Friday visited the epicenters of the killing and destruction in Nimbo, Uzo Uwani local government area of the state.

The commission, led by its chairman, Justice Chukwuma Eneh (rtd) took a trip to the burnt parsonage of the Christ Holy Church, International which was completely razed down.

The cleric in-charge of the church, Rev. Samuel Chukwuma narrated to the team how he and other members of his family escaped death.

“We had just finished our morning prayers when the assailants invaded our house. They locked us up, set the house ablaze and waited outside for the house to burn down.

“I prostrated and prayed to God to save us. While we were inside and the house was burning, another pastor in the neighborhood who saw the smoke came to see what was happening.

“When the assailants who were still waiting outside saw the pastor, they ran after him and that was how we were able to force ourselves out and survived,” he said.

Chukwuma said that he lost his brand new jeep to the fire, adding “I lost everything. Even this cloth I’m wearing someone gave it to me."

Another resident of the community, Mr Ngama Benjamin told the members of the commission that his Toyota Hiace bus which he volunteered to move people out of the community during the attack was burnt.

“I volunteered my bus to carry people out that early morning. When the suspected herdsmen saw the bus moving they ran after it and shooting at it.

“Unfortunately, they overtook the bus, killed the unfortunate ones who could not run and set the bus ablaze,” Benjamin narrated pathetically.

The police Area Commander in-charge of Nsukka zone, Mr Moses Kuryus and the Divisional Police Officer in Uzo Uwani were among the delegation.

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