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Priest, 18 others feared slaughtered as herdsmen invade Ebonyi community

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By Ruth Oginyi

Suspected Fulani Herdsmen Monday evening allegedly invaded Egedegede, Obegu, and Amuzu communities in Ishieleu North Development Centre, Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state, and slaughtered residents of the community. It was gathered from a source that among those killed is a Priest in Methodist Church whose car was burnt to ashes by the suspected herders.

There are conflicting figures on the casualties in the killings. While a resident of the community who did not want his name in print said 18 persons were killed by the herdsmen, another resident said 10 were killed, while another one said 6 was killed while 7 critically injured and are receiving treatment in Alex Ekwueme federal teaching hospital for treatment.

The source hinted that about 13 cows were allegedly killed as it were destroying the people’s farm. That the community urged the herders to leave their land but the Fulani people left and came back on reprisal attack killing many people and left.

The source said, “We are mourning, we are in serious mourning since the ate hour of Monday. Herdsmen invaded our communities and massacred our people. As we speak, 18 persons were slaughtered like animals. They matcheted many of our people, burnt vehicles, motorcycles, and looted our properties”, the resident said.

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 and condoled the families of those killed in the invasion. They assured that government would take proactive measures to investigate the invasion.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the incident.

According to the PPRO, the CP Garba Aliyu while calling for calm has ordered full scale investigation to identify and bring the perpetrators of such mayhem to book.

“The Commissioner of Police has deployed 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 an on-the-spot assessment to enable us to 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 detailed information about it”, she said.

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