At least 22 persons were reportedly killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen in separate attacks in Ebonyi and Enugu States on Monday.
ThePunch reports that 16 persons who were between the ages of 18 and 56 were killed during an invasion in the Obeagu community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Also, the Enugu State Police Command on Tuesday confirmed the killing of six persons in Adani community, Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of the state by yet to be identified persons.
Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi has since condemned the deaths on Tuesday, saying it could trigger another civil war in the country.
Speaking at Obegu in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state, Umahi said, “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 herdsmen wielding AK-47 rifles. They came yesterday (Monday) and killed 15 members of these communities.
“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; if it is allowed to go this way, it is capable of generating very serious civil war among the nation of Nigeria.”
“I want to demand from the security chiefs to fish out these people because they are well known; they should fish them out. Let them face the wrath of the law.”