Killer Fulani herdsmen have attacked Ebonyi State. They carried out their onslaught in the Egedegede area of Ishielu Local Government Area, killing at over 30 people.
The Armed Fulani herdsmen came in on Monday night to carry out the mass killings, which the police and the state government have repeatedly failed to intervene.
It was gathered that many residents had fled the area, but the Fulani herdsmen continue to terrorise people on the farms and in isolated places.
“Our village was attacked again, and about five motorcycles were set on fire by the Fulani people. They destroyed farmlands and killed more than 25 people. People are mourning loved ones – the community is in crisis. We need help,” a resident cried out.
Governor Umahi said, “We are in Ishielu where the AK-47 herdsmen came yesterday (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.
“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 and the governors of the South-East and security agencies have been making to give them full protection, not only in Ebonyi State but also in the South-East. We feel so sad, so worried for our country Nigeria and we are short of words.“We have traces of the sponsors and the sponsors of those who came here. I will not disclose them.”