No fewer than fifteen people were reportedly killed in an attack by suspected killer herdsmen in four communities of Isielu Local Government Area, Ebonyi State.
The ugly incident occurred on Tuesday, March 30, it was gathered that the herdsmen invaded Umuhuali, Nkalaha, Obeagu, Nkalagu, and Amazu communities in Ishielu Local Government Area of the south-east state, destroying properties, hacking residents to death and leaving scores injured.
Source told Tribune online that the gunmen were shooting sporadically, killing the victims in different areas of the communities. They equally set ablaze motorcycles belonging to residents of the affected communities.
According to the source “We are mourning; we are in serious mourning since the late hours of Monday. Herdsmen invaded our communities and massacred our people. As we speak, 15 persons were slaughtered like animals. They hacked many of our people, burnt vehicles, motorcycles and looted our properties.”
The state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.
Meanwhile, Governor David Umahi had also visited the affected communities on Tuesday and condemned the attack by the suspected AK-47 wielding gunmen.
While expressing sadness over the incident, the Ebonyi governor assured the people that the government will do all within its powers to bring the perpetrators to justice. He also called on security operatives to help in fishing out those behind the heinous crime.
“Good enough, we have some traces of the sponsors; we have the traces of those who came here,” the governor added. “I will not disclose it, but I am going to escalate the identities of the people to the highest authorities and we wait to see what they will do.”