Gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen killed about 46 people in separate attacks in Ebonyi, Benue, and Enugu communities over the weekend.
At least 30 persons were killed on Sunday in Ebonyi communities and 12 in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, The PUNCH had reports.
In Ebonyi State, it was gathered that the gunmen attacked Odoke, Ndiobasi, and Obakotara communities in the Ebonyi Local Government Area.
According to sources in the area, the gunmen arrived at the communities around 3am on Sunday, bearing dangerous weapons.
A resident, Uchenna Okpokwu, said, “People that were killed in Ndiobasi are up to 30 according to the video clips on the incident. Odoke and Obapta are very far and nobody has been able to enter the two villages.”
Chairman of the Ebonyi LGA, Chinyere Nwaogbaga, who confirmed the incident, added that “The state governor directed that we take injured residents to hospital and also give them relieve materials.”
Also, the herdsmen hit Tologa, Ndi-Obasi, Odoken in Ekile ward of Ijigban district of Ado LGA in Benue state, killing 12.
Confirming the attack, House of Representatives member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, Francis Agbo, in a WhatsApp message sent to The PUNCH, said residents of Obakoto, Odirewu, Offianka, and Nwedoga communities had deserted their homes.
Agbo said, “Izzi settlements of Tologa, Ndi-Obasi, Odoken in Ekile Ward, Ado LGA, are badly affected. Now the Izzi people in Obakoto, Odirewu, Offianka, Nwedoga in Ijigban have deserted the areas for fear of invasion.”
The Chairman of the LGA, James Oche, who confirmed the simultaneous attacks on the five communities in Ekile ward, said 12 persons were killed.
“I suspect that the herders came on reprisal because of one elderly Fulani man, Isah Muhammed, who lived in one of the affected communities was recently killed by members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra members who crossed over from Ebonyi State to Ado in Benue State,” Oche said.
Meanwhile, suspected herdsmen attacked Ekpoffo in Eha-Amufu Community, Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State on Friday killing four persons and leaving seven critically injured.