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Several killed as herdsmen invade Ebonyi community


Several residents of Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu communities in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, have been killed as suspected herdsmen invaded the communities on Monday.

Chairman of Ishielu local Government Area, Hon. Sunday Eze and Commissioner for Business Development in the state, Dr. Stephen Odo, who hail from the local government, led a team of security agents to the communities on Tuesday.

The officials extended condolence to the families of the victims who were killed during the invasion.

They assured that the state government would investigate the invasion and take proactive measures to forestall future occurrence.

A resident of the community told Vanguard that 18 persons were killed by the herdsmen, but another resident said 10 were killed.

“We are mourning, we are in serious mourning since late hour of Monday.

“Herdsmen invaded our communities and massacred our people. As we speak, 18 persons were slaughtered like animals.

“They macheted many of our people, burnt vehicles, motorcycles and looted our properties”, the resident said.

He said among those killed was a Priest in the Methodist Church, whose car was equally burnt to ashes.

When contacted by Vanguard, the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, also confirmed the incident.

“The Commissioner of Police delegated a team of Policemen for on the spot assessment because of peace talks going on in the town.

“So, the Commissioner of Police delegated them; Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations and others went for on the spot assessment to enable us get the detail of the report.

“So, they are yet to come back. We are still waiting for our men to come back to tell us their findings.

“I am already preparing a press release on the incident but their report too will assist us in giving you detail information about it”, Odah said.

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