Many residents of Ebonyi State were killed while many others sustained various degrees of injuries on Monday night when suspected herdsmen invaded three communities in Íshíelu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
The suspected herdsmen who attacked Egedege, Obegu and Amazu communities also looted some properties in the area.
A resident of the community who craved anonymity said 18 persons were killed by the attackers including a priest of the Methodist Church whose car was burnt to ashes.
Ebonyi communities“We are mourning, we are in serious mourning since the late hours of Monday. Herdsmen invaded our communities and massacred our people. As we speak, 18 persons were slaughtered like animals. They macheted many of our people, burnt vehicles, motorcycles and looted our properties,” the resident told our correspondent.
However, Tribune Online correspondent sighted fourteen corpses during a visit to the communities.
Tribune Online reports that Chairman of Ishielu Local Government Area, Hon. Sunday Eze and the Commissioner for Business Development in the state, Dr Stephen Odo, who hails from the local government, led a team of security agents to the communities on Tuesday to condoled with the families of those killed in the invasion.
They assured that government would take proactive measures to investigate the invasion.
When contacted, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), DSP Loveth Odah, confirmed the death of six persons.