Tension in Ebonyi as Unknown Gunmen Attack Ngbo Community

By Andy Nwogha,Abakaliki

Few days after the Egedege attack, another community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, was today attacked by yet to be identified gunmen leaving many dead.

The attack which occurred in Obodocha, iguduobu,Otuebu,Ebele and other villages of Umuoguduakpu community was said to had occurred on early Monday morning when a yet to be identified gunmen invaded the community with sophisticated weapons and burnt down houses.

It was learnt that the gunmen invaded the community and opened fire on the people, killing and razing down houses.

According to the traditional ruler Umuoguduakpu autonomous community,His Royal Highness Eze Godwin Ugaduogba,(Igwebuike 11 of Umuoguduakpu kingdom) said he got the rumour of the attack early hour of the day morning and quickly alerted the Chief Security Officer of the area who mobilized security men to the area.

The traditional ruler said:” I heard a rumour early this morning that suspected fulani herdsmen attacked my people, chasing them, killing and razing down their houses.

“So,I called the CSO,Hon. Leonard Igwe who invited security men to find out the true course of the attack, and I heard that some security men have been mobilized to the area who are yet to give us figure of affected persons but we reliably gathered that three villages were attacked by men suspected to be fulani herdsmen.

” Though, the accurate figure of victims have not been ascertained except one Emmanuel whose body was said to be seen,but we are still waiting for information from the security men who went to the scene.

“My message to the government is that,they should advice the herdsmen to stop killing villagers because,if you go to European countries, some of them are livestock farmers but they will prepare a place in their home feeding their animals.

Speaking some of the survivors, Mr Eze Frederick Unah, told us that he was woken by gunshots around 5 o’clock of that morning, saying that some suspected herders collided with the Agila people of Benue State and attack the community.

Another version of the attack, Mr Samuel Ukpo has it that the attackers are Agila people who share boundary with the area but could not ascertain accurate figure of victims but reliably said that many villagers were killed with houses burnt down.

Also Mrs Grace Nwanjoku told us that her husband’s younger brother identified as Mr Chidi and Emmanuel Nwanjoku were killed during the attack.

Our reporter who visited the scene observed the presence of security agencies as most villages have been sacked and natives taking refuge at different town hall at some distance villages.