The Nigeria Police Force on behalf of the government of Nigeria has terminated the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State Command, Mr. Nwodibo Ekechukwu from his post on Tuesday, May 3, over the series of killings recorded due to the several clashes between residents of the state and Fulani herdsmen.
Confirming the CP’s redeployment on Tuesday, the Force Public Relations Officer, Bisi Kolawole, said that Ekechukwu had been posted out of the state to another command.
The FPRO said: “The Enugu State CP has been posted out of the state to another command and a new CP, Emmanuel Ojukwu, has taken over. The redeployment is part of strategies to improve police effectiveness across the country.”
Kolawole, did not state specifically why the police boss was redeployed; however, rumours have made the round that Ekechukwu was given the boot due to the significant bloodshed experienced from attacks by Fulani herdsmen.
On Monday last week, no fewer than 20 persons in Ukpabi Nimbo, an agrarian community in the Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, were killed while many other residents were injured during an attack by Fulani herdsmen.
The violence had sparked outrage across the country, even as many protesters called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take action against the suspects and protect the lives of Nigerian civilians.
Meanwhile, Mr. Ekechukwu is being replaced by CP Emmanuel Ojukwu, according to official statements.