The people of Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State have demanded for N17 billion compensation from the Federal Government for losses they suffered during the invasion by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
They made the demand through their traditional ruler, Igwe John Akor, who testified on Wednesday at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into the incident, where no less than 11 people were killed.
Akor said that the sum would be a recompense for the ills suffered by members of the community in the hands of the herdsmen.
“Our community demands a compensation of N17 billion for human loses, unlawful destruction of property and criminal deprivation of use of our farms for over two decades,” Akor said.
The monarch said that the community also needed a traumatic hospital to rehabilitate victims of the prolonged herdsmen incursions.
Akor said that a total of 11 persons died during the April 25 invasion while several others were injured, adding that the corpses were still at the morgues.
“The conclusive evidence of deaths recorded during the incursion stands at 11. The economy of our community has been ruined.
“Part of our prayers is for a combined team of police, DSS and the military to investigate why the invasion was not contained in spite of prior information to the effect.
“We equally request the Federal Government to establish security presence in Nimbo being a border community,” he said.
Akor said that as a traditional ruler he never collected any form of gratification from the herdsmen to allow them graze in the community.
The traditional ruler said that the economy of the rural community had been shattered following the activities of the herdsmen.
Also testifying, the President General of Nimbo Town Union, Mr. Matthias Ekere, said that the community had coexisted peacefully with the herdsmen for over 30 years.