Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi, has condemned the killing of no fewer than 15 persons in the Egedegede community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state by suspected herdsmen.
So many people have been killed following an attack launched by suspected Fulani herdsmen in four villages in Ebonyi State. The affected villages are Umuhuali, Nkalaha, Nkalagu, Obeagu, and Amazu in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
Governor Umahi storms the affected communities today March 31, He lamented that despite protecting Fulani herdsmen in the state and South-East region, the herders went ahead to kill his people.
Umahi said he knows the sponsors of the killer herdsmen but would not disclose their identities now.
Addressing the newsmen, he said
“Here in Ishielu where the AK-47 herdsmen came on Monday and killed 15 of the members of this community. I remember a year ago that we had an incident of the killing of two herdsmen within this same location. And immediately, the security agencies and local government chairman, and community leaders all came together to condemn the attack and killing and we immediately asked the security agencies to fish out the people who did such an act.
We fished them out and as we talk, they are standing trial in Ebonyi State. The community, government, and security agencies appeased the herdsmen and made peace with them. And so, it is very shocking that overnight, all the herdsmen in Ishielu LGA vacated which means that the local herdsmen are part of the conspiracy of the killing of our people.
They vacated despite all the efforts that my government is doing in South-East and security agencies have been making effort to give them full protection, not only in Ebonyi State but also in the South-East.
I feel so sad, so worried for our country Nigeria and I’m short of words.