Ebonyi Govt. Vindicates Fulani Herdsmen over Attacks on Community
Ebonyi Govt. vindicates Fulani herdsmen over attacks on the community. The Government explains that the attackers were not Fulani herdsmen.
Dr. Kelechi Igwe, the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, has discredited the claims that gunmen who raided and attacked the people of Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu local government area of the state on Monday, the 13th, 2021 were Fulani herdsmen.
In a recent statement, by Monday Uzor Igwe, the Chief Press Secretary, said the investigations carried out by the government and security agencies revealed that the people who attacked were not herders as initially stated.
Igwe said the attack was as a result of an age-long inter-tribal conflict between the community and their neighbors in Benue State.
Igwe also said that the Ebonyi State Government received with sadness, the violent attack on the people of Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu local government area of the state in the early hours of Monday the 13th of April.”
The general public is hereby informed that preliminary investigations have revealed the following information:
- The attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated in different areas.
- The government of Ebonyi State is currently in communication with the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen (Miyetti Allah) who denied being involved in the attack.
- The leadership of the Fulani herdsmen has assured the government and people of Ebonyi State that they will not, for any reason, perpetrate an attack on any part of the state.
- The current attack on Ngbo is as a result of the age-long crisis between the community and their Agila neighbors of Benue State.”
Furthermore, Igwe added that the state government has deployed the military and the police to move into the community to fight against any further attacks and restore peace.
The general public and particularly the people of Ngbo, are requested to remain law-abiding and avoid retaliating because of the attacks because the government is working hard to restore peace and tranquility to the affected community.
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