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Nimbo massacre: One of us still missing – Town union president

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Stories By Patrick Egwu, Enugu

The President Gener­al of Ukpabi Nimbo Town Union in Uzo- Uwani council area of Enugu state, Mr Mathias Ekere has said that aside the known victims of the Fulani herdsmen attacks, one mem­ber of the community is still missing after the attacks.

This follows the ongoing collation of a list of victims of the attacks in the community for documentation.

Mr Ekere said Mr Tochuk­wu Nwankwo, 31, who lives in the community lost his fa­ther during the attacks and was not seen again after the attacks when survivors of the attacks started returning home from neighboring vil­lages where they had gone to seek refuge.

“He was nowhere to be found. We have searched ev­erywhere but couldn’t see him. We have made a report to the police and waiting for their action.

“Before the attacks, he was always seen with his father because his mother is dead. But after the attacks, we have not seen him again. We don’t know if he is dead or alive, or if he has left the country or seeking refuge somewhere because of fear and psycho­logical trauma of losing his father in the attacks,” he said.

Another resident in the community, Michael Ugwu, described Nwankwo as quiet and friendly, and said he fears something bad has happened to him.

“I am feeling for him (To­chukwu) right now because nobody knows where he is. He has not been seen since April 25 after the attacks last year. And the fact that he lost his father in the attack is heart-breaking as he is left with no one to run to. He is now alone,” he said.

Nimbo is a border town in Uzo-Uwani area of Enugu state, southeastern Nigeria where seven villages were invaded in the early hours of April 25, 2016 by over 500 armed Fulani herdsmen, kill­ing scores and injuring many others in the process.

According to a 2015 Global Terrorism Index report, the Fulani herdsmen is rated the fourth deadliest terror group in the world. The herdsmen have killed thousands of peo­ple from 63 in 2013 to 1, 229 in 2014.

Attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria has been rampant in recent years as hundreds of people have been killed while properties and other liveli­hoods have been destroyed and looted.

The invasion of Nimbo com­munity last year followed similar massacre of hundreds of natives in another farming community of Agatu in Benue state by the same herdsmen. Other states in the country like Ekiti, Kogi, Anambra and Plateau states have been at­tacked by the herdsmen in similar fashion.

A human rights lawyer and president of Civil Rights Re­alisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), Barr Olu Omotayo has been advocat­ing for the criminal prose­cution of the suspects in the attacks.

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