South East governors and other stakeholders in the geo-political zone met in Enugu yesterday and said they have started to take stocks of the attack on Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani Local Government of Enugu State by suspected Fulani herdsmen and the losses suffered by the people.
Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, told journalists after their meeting that Governors Rochas Okorocho of Imo State and Willie Obiano of Anambra State could not join their colleagues from Enugu, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Dave Umahi, Ebonyi and Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia in yesterday’s meeting because the invitation was extended to them very late.
He promised that they would attend the next meeting and would be in Nimbo with the other governors and stakeholders.
It was gathered that the stock taking was to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the Fulani herdsmen attack on Nimbo, as well as determine those who played various roles in it. After the stock taking, the Igbo leaders will decide the next line of action.
Ekweremadu who also led other members of the National Assembly to Nimbo yesterday and announced a donation of N2 million described the damage done to the community as devastating.
“This will bring an end to what herdsmen are doing in Nigeria; we shall do our best to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, whether here or elsewhere,” he said.
Last Monday, suspected Fulani herdsmen invaded the Enugu community and left in their trail, destruction, blood and deaths. The attack attracted widespread condemnations and a visit by the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Ararse, who promised to ensure the perpetrators were brought to justice.