- Said attack was coordinated first in Kogi state
- Had video on his phone of him killing a victim
- Was shouting, ‘I have killed you now. You think that you can kill Fulani herdsmen and go free; We Fulani own Nigeria!’
- Said over 100 Fulani were selected from different states, Taraba , Kogi, Benue, Nasarrawa, Kastina, Niger and Kaduna
- Said the people in Nimbo shared Kolanut to all cattle rearers across the country–to recruit volunteers from across the country for the attack
- Said the Fulani are united and that all participate in what affects one of them
On May 7th the Nigerian police Enugu command announced the accidental arrest of Mohammed Zurai (24) one of the attackers of Nimbo community, Uzo- Uwani local government area of Enugu state. As many as 50 people were killed in the bloody massacre by an army of suspected Fulani herdsmen.
This week the Nigerian police announced the further arrest of four more suspects in the attack, Ciroma Musa (30), Sale Adamu (33), Suleiman Laute (43) and Haruna Laute (24).
Mohammed Zurai had been arrested in connection with a kidnap and was granted bail before by chance while looking through his phone, detectives discovered a self-recorded video of him engaged in the Enugu massacre. He was immediately re-detained and interrogated.
Upon interrogation Mohammed gave chilling details of how he participated in killing several victims as was recorded on his phone:
“I have killed you now. You think that you can kill Fulani herdsmen and go free.”
“I asked the dead man, ‘Your people had confidence to kill Fulani people but now you are dead. Don’t you know that Fulani owns Nigeria?’”
Mohammed said he personally took the video to show his family members that he was actually successful and participated in the killings.
Mohammed further stated that he spared one Igbo man’s life because the man used to give him food and so he warned him to run to safety.
The Sun reported that Mohammed had confessed that they were more than 100 Fulani herdsmen who came for the attack.
“He confessed that they were more than 100 and were selected from different states especially from Taraba, Kogi, Benue, Nasarrawa , Kastina, Niger and Kaduna states. He claimed that the people of Nimbo had killed so many of their people in the past and government did not do anything about it. He claimed that they also reported severally to Nimbo elders but they refused to investigate, that was why they decided to retaliate.”
The Sun source alleged that according to Mohammed, “their people in Nimbo shared Kolanut to all cattle rearers across the country. What it signifies is that there is going to be an attack and everyone should send representatives to support them. He alleged that this is their custom and has been existing. He was nominated to join them because he was born and raised in Enugu by his father who is also a herdsman. Two days before the attack, they all gathered in a community in Kogi and perfected how they would execute the attack.”
Zurai further stated that he was invited by one Buba to take part in the killing by virtue of his being a local resident with the task of showing the people the way.
According to the Punch, Mohammed Zurai identified leaders who participated in the killing as Alhaji Suddi, Alhaji Kuriya, Alhaji Dula and Ardo Dula (living in Enugu State), Mallam Adamu. Others as Alhaji Chiroma, Adamu Sarka, Alhaji Botdo, Alhaji Iro Kogi and Alhaji Fanya (from Kogi State).