Herdsmen kill 26, injure many, burnt vehicles, motorcycles in Ebonyi village
Charles Nwoke, Abakaliki, Nigeria
March 30, 2021
Images taken from crime scene courtesy of local sources, fair use.
It was a festival of blood and black day as the three communities of Obeagu, Egedegede, and Amazu villages of Nkaleha, Ishielu North Development Centre, Ishielu Local Government Area Council of Ebonyi State, was thrown into the state of mourning following the invasion of the villages by Fulani militia, slaughtering about 26 persons, macheted many, burnt down vehicles, motorcycles and looted belongings of the people.
The unfortunate incident took place late hours of Monday, 29th March 2021, in the village hosting Niger-Cem, an abandoned cement factory, situated at Nkalagu, a suburb in Ebonyi State, and the gateway or boundary between Ebonyi and Enugu states.
When our reporter visited the village, it was gathered that the raging herdsmen wielding sophisticated weapons and ammunition, stormed the village and gruesomely attacked the residents after members of the community complained bitterly about the way Fulani herds’ cattle destroy the farmland and produce of aged women whom their only sources of living are dependent on farming and agriculture.
A source from one of the communities, Ogba Ejiofor, said, “the herders invaded the communities and started killing people indiscriminately, setting cars and motorcycles ablaze.”
He added that residents of the communities fled the villages and scampered for their safety having seen corpses of their loved ones littered the village tracks.
“As of now, the people of Egedegede are yet to return to their various homes and the government is yet to do anything to arrest the perpetrators of such dastardly act,” Ejiofor added.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Ishielu Local Government Area Council, Sunday Eze, and the Commissioner for Business Development, Dr. Stephen Odoh, who are also from the affected areas, led a team of security forces and newsmen for an on the sight assessment at the scene of the terrible incident, lamented over the unfortunate incident and ungodly act of the Fulani militia.
They consoled and sympathized with the bereaved affected families, and urged them not to take laws into their hands as the government would take proactive measures and actions to investigate the issue and bring the perpetrators to book.
Every attempt to contact and get the Ebonyi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah to react to the ugly development, proved abortive as his phone number was not available at the time of filing this report.