Nigeria: Again, Gunmen Attack Ebonyi Community, Kill Four Persons

13 April 2021

No fewer than four persons were allegedly killed when unknown gunmen at the earlier hours of yesterday attacked Ebele village in Ngbo community, Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

The attackers invaded the Ebele village through Agila community, a border between Ebonyi and Benue states.

Ngbo and Agila communites have been enmeshed in protracted boundary dispute.

A source said the attackers allegedly killed over four persons and razed about seven houses.

The state Deputy Governor, Mr. Kelechi Igwe confirmed the attack.

He noted that the attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated in different quarters.

"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," Igwe said.

He added that the recent attack on Ngbo was linked to the age-long crisis between the community and their Agila neighbours of Benue State.

The deputy governor stated that the Military and Police have been directed to move into the community to repel the attack and restore peace.

The Commissioner of Police Ebonyi state Command, CP Garba Aliyu also confirmed the attack.

He noted that officers of the command have been deployed to the area

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