The Monday, April 25th, 2016 unprovoked attack by Fulani herdsmen- now called Fulani militia- against the unarmed, hapless, and helpless residents of Ukpabi-Nimbo in Uzo-Uwani LGA of Enugu State, which left dozens dead and maimed, claimed yet another casualty. The victim, this time, was the Enugu State Commissioner of Police (CP), Nwodibo Ekechukwu, who has been removed from his position in Enugu and redeployed to the Port Command in Rivers State.
Naijiant sources said that Ekechukwu was removed because of his perceived inertia and inaction over the looming crisis, one which he had been allegedly apprised of days before, and which he could have averted if prompt and decisive action had been taken by his office.
The last straw, it would appear, was when Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State washed his own hands off the matter by declaring that he had ‘mobilised’-whatever that means- the ex-CP days earlier to move into action before the callous killings took place.
It was gathered that part of the former CP’s reasons for his inaction may have stemmed from the fact that he is due to retire from service in a few years time, and did not wish to jeopardize his retirement prospects in any way.
Another school of thought, however, has it that the man did not act simply because he was instructed not to act by the ‘oga at the top’. That, if it is true, is a chilling thought.
CP Ekechukwu handed over the Enugu Command, on Friday, May 6th, 2016, to his successor, CP Emmanuel Ojukwu.