The Ebonyi State, Governor David Umahi, on Tuesday expressed sadness over the gruesome murder to the people of Egedegede in Ishielu Local Government Area of the State by suspected herdsmen.
While charges the Security Agencies to unravel the perpetrators of the dastardly act and bring them to justice.
Governor Umahi disclosed this when he visited the Communities on receiving the security information on the matter to ascertain the level of carnages.
According to Governor, he stated the attack allegedly occurred on Monday night led to the death of at least 15 residents affecting Nkalaha, Obegu, Amazu, Nkalagu and Umuhuali autonomous Communities
“I got very shocking news this afternoon about the attack on about four communities of Nkalaha, Obegu, Amaezu and Umuhuali in Ishielu local government area of the state by AK-47 wielding herdsmen that came yesterday and killed 15 of members of these communities.
“I remembered that about a year ago, we had an incident of killing of two herdsmen within this same location and immediately the security agencies, the local government Chairman and the community leaders all came together to condemn the attack and the killing and we immediately asked the security agencies to fish out the people that did that and they did fish them out and as we talk, they are standing trial in Ebonyi state and the community and security agencies made peace with them.
“And so, it is very shocking that overnight, all the herdsmen in Ishielu local government vacated the council area which means that the local herdsmen in Ishielu are part of the conspiracy in the killing of our people. They vacated despite all efforts by the government, the governors of the southeast and security agencies have been making to protect them.
“We feel so sad that this kind of thing should happen in Ebonyi state, we feel so worried for our country Nigeria and we are short of words.
“Good enough, we have some traces of the sponsors, we have the traces of those who came here. 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 but we condemn this attack, it is not only happening in Ebonyi state. If it is allowed to go this way, it is capable of generating very serious civil war among the nation of Nigeria.”
However, Governor Umahi also appealed to the warring communities to remain calm and shun reprisal attacks while security agencies swing into action to apprehend the culprits.
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