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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Group sues police, military over Enugu herdsmen attack


An Igbo socio-political and cultural organisation, Igbo Improvement Union (a.k.a. Oganiru Ndigbo), said it had directed its lawyers to institute legal action against the police and the military for failing to protect the people of Ukpabi -Nimbo community, Enugu State who were murdered by Fulani herdsmen.


The group contended that the security agencies were negligent in their duties by allowing “genocidal Fulani herdsmen” to murder the people of the community in cold blood.

The union said this in a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting on Friday in Abuja and signed by its President, Chief Ugochukwu Agballah; Secretary, Chief Edozie Njoku and eight members.
The IIU described Nigeria, as currently constituted, as not working, noting that far-reaching recommendations of the 2014 National Conference could act as a stabilising factor.

It called on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of urgency, implement the report of the conference or subject the recommendations to a referendum.

The communiqué read, “Igbo Improvement Union has mandated its lawyers to initiate legal action against negligent members of the Nigerian security forces who failed to protect the life and property of the people of Ukpabi -Nimbo Community who were murdered in cold blood by genocidal Fulani herdsmen.

“The Union took a dispassionate look at the instability in the country and reasoned that the solution to the ongoing separatist agitations in the country lies in restructuring.

“The union therefore called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of priority, implement the report of the 2014 National Conference or subject the recommendations to a referendum.”

It noted that restructuring would serve the cause of a united and progressive Nigeria as against the separatist agitations that it said had become the order of the day in the country.

The Union called for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, from detention in line with the judgement of the courts, stressing that his continued detention and incarceration is illegal, inhuman and an act of provocation.

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