No fewer than 13 civil society groups stormed Enugu State on Tuesday protesting the killing several indigenes of Nimbo community in Enugu State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking while addressing them at the Government House, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State announced that internally displaced camp (IDP) would be set up at Ukpabi-Nimbo very shortly to cater for those who abandoned their homes at the wake of the invasion.
Addressing the protesters, Governor Ugwuanyi narrated how every effort he made to forestall the herdsmen attack were frustrated by security agents.
He consoled the women and people of Nimbo and appealed to those who ran away for dear lives to return as government was about to set up IDP camp for them.
He also announced that the government and all the Bishops in the state would be holding prayers at Nimbo on Thursday to pray for God’s intervention and return of peace.
protest enugu1Governor Ugwuanyi expressed gratitude to God that Ukpabi-Nimbo killings were attracting the attention of the entire country and the world at large, saying that it means there will be concerted effort to find solution to the menace.
Earlier in a statement jointly signed by the groups which they handed over to the governor, the spokesperson, Mrs. Joy Onyeso said the 13 NGOs decided on the protest after their meeting in Enugu.
“We strongly condemn the killings, rape, abductions and maiming of our people in vilnerable communities in recent past, especially the killings on April 25th at Nimbo Community of Uzo-Uwani LGA that claimed several lives.
“We strongly condemn security agencies who despite early signs failed the law abiding citizens they were supposed to protect”.
The groups include Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Nigeria (WILPF), Forum for Promotion of National Ethos and Values (FPNEV), Women Aid Collective Enugu (WACOL) and J. C. Ibekaku Hope Project (JCIHP).
Others are: Women in Peace building network (WINET), Federation of Muslim Women Association Nigeria (FOMWAN), Civil Resource Development and Documentation Centre (CIRDDOC), FIDA, NAWOJ and CWO.