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Arase Vows To Unmask Attackers Of Enugu Community, Orders Arrest Of Suspected Police Man

One of the touched building and a victim of the attack on his hospital bed.

One of the touched building and a victim of the attack on his hospital bed.

By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu

ENUGU, NIGERIA (AFRICANEXAMINER) – Inspector General of police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, has vowed to unmask the Fulani herdsmen who allegedly attacked and killed scores of people at Nimbo community in Uzo Uwani council area of Enugu state on Monday.

The police boss, who addressed members of the affected community Wednesday during his visit to the troubled area, assured the residents that the police will do everything within its powers to bring perpetrators of the barbaric act to book.

Arase, who was accompanied on the visit by top police officers from the Force headquarters Abuja, as well as State Commissioners of Police in the south east zone, describing the incident as quite “depressing”

He said: “I want to assure Nigerians that those involved in the barbaric act cannot go unpunished, they must be brought to book”

The Police Chief, also advised the people especially youths of the area to remain calm, and allow the Police hunt for the suspects.

Arase added that he came personally to the community so as to enable him see things for himself and get first hand information on the incident.

“I decided to come here personally to get first hand information on the incident, because of the conflicting media reports we have been getting on the attack”

Reacting to an allegation by the people that a policeman whose name was given as Corporal Sunday, serving in Adani police Division compromised in the attack, Arase immediately ordered that he be taken into custody

He promised the allegation will be properly investigated by the Police, and if found wanting, he (Sunday) will be made to face the music.

Spokesman for the community, Dr. George Ajogwu, told the IGP that the incident could have been nipped in the bud if the police and other security agents had acted promptly on the pre- information given to them by the natives, a day before the attack.

Speaking during the visit, the Senator representing Enugu North senatorial district, Senator Chuka Utazi, who incidentally hails from the area, told the IGP that they are yet to get the accurate figure of those who died during the deadly attack.

According to him,”up till yesterday, decomposing bodies were still being recovered from nearby bushes.

The IGP and his entourage had during the assessment tour paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of the area, Igwe John Ako, as well as visited some injured victims at the Bishop Shanahan hospital Nsukka.

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