Lives and property has been lost as a result of the unfortunate invasion of their community by suspected herdsmen on April 25, the people of Nimbo in Uzouwani Local Government Area of Enugu State wednesday demanded a whopping N17 billion compensation from the federal government.
The traditional ruler of the community, Igwe John Akor who made the demand on behalf of his community while testifying before the Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi to look at the situation, said only the compensation would appease the people of the area.
“Our community demands a compensation of N17 billion for human loses, unlawful destruction of properties and criminal deprivation of use of our farms for over two decades,” he said.
He said the community also needed a traumatic hospital to rehabilitate victims of the prolonged herdsmen incursions.
Akor said a total of 11 persons lost their lives 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 that effect.
“We equally request the federal government to establish security presence in Nimbo being a boarder community,” he said.
He also denied collecting any form of gratification from the herdsmen to allow them graze in the area, noting that the economy of the rural community had been shattered following the activities of the herdsmen.