By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—Five suspected herdsmen, who allegedly massacred over 50 persons in Nimbo, Enugu State on April 25, 2016 have been arraigned and detained in prison custody.
The suspects are Mohammed Zurai, Ciroma Musa, Saleh Adamu, Suleiman Laute and Haruna Laute.
They were arraigned before an Enugu Chief magistrate’s court presided over by Anthony Eze of Enugu South magisterial district on a-two count charge of conspiracy and murder in Charge No. MES/ 69C/ 2017.
No plea was taken from the accused persons as the magistrate remanded them in Enugu prison and ordered that the case file be transferred to the office of the Attorney General for necessary action towards their arraignment at the High Court.
Earlier, a rights group, Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network, CRRAN, led by Mr. Olu Omotayo, had instituted litigation against the Enugu State government for delayed trial of the suspects who were paraded at Police Headquarters on May 25, 2016.
The suspects are alleged to had on April 25 2016 attacked the peaceful town of Ukpabi-Nimbo in Uzo Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu State, at dawn and butched over 50 innocent persons while almost
a hundred persons were wounded and houses razed.
The police while parading the suspects at a press briefing in Abuja under the leadership of the then Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase (Rtd), maintained that there were overwhelming evidence against the suspects as video recording of the massacre was also found on one of them.