Attack on Ebonyi Community not carried out by Herdsmen—-Ebonyi Deputy Governor

Obinna Uchendu

#Investigation Reveals, Attack Was Carried Out By Agila People

The Ebonyi State Government has described as unfortunate and regrettable media reports which alleged that the attack by unknown gunmen on the people of Umuogudu Akpu -Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State in the early hours of today, were carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

In a statement signed by the Press Secretary to the State Deputy Governor, Dr. Monday Uzor said that the state government frowns at such unconfirmed report as such report is capable of creating tension and panic in the state.

He called on those sponsoring such report to verify their information before going to the press.

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The statement noted that preliminary investigations reveals that the attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated in different quarters.

According to the statement, “the Government of Ebonyi State is in touch with the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen ( Miyetti Allah) who denied involvement in the attack”.

“The Leadership of the Fulani herdsmen has assured Government and people of Ebonyi State that they will not on any account perpetrate attack on any party of Ebonyi State”.

The statement further confirmed that the recent attack on Ngbo is linked to the age-long Crisis between the community and their Agila neighbours of Benue State.

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Dr. Uzor stated that the Deputy Governor, Barr Eric Kelechi Igwe however has swiftly responded by directing the Military and Police to move into the community to repel the attack and restore peace.

“The General Public and in particular the people of Ngbo are requested to remain law abiding and avoid reprisal as government is working hard to restore normalcy to the affected Community”.

“Please be assured of the readiness of the Governor David Nweze Umahi led administration to secure the lives and property of citizens at all times”.

Everyday News reveals that the people of Ngbo were in the early hours of today attacked by the unknown gunmen from Agila in the early hours of Monday.

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The attack according to a source took place in Otuebu and Obodo Ocha villages, Umuogodo-Akpu Ngbo community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The source revealed that the incident occurred at about 4am, on Monday morning and had caused panic in the area, as natives had left the area for other neighbouring communities, for safety of their lives.

“They came into the community and started shooting sporadically and burning down houses. It took the intervention of some of our people who came out to engage them in gun battle”. Ends.

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