Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi has condemned the killing of at least 25 persons in Egedegede community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state.
Umahi, who visited the scene of the unfortunate incident on Tuesday, decried the killing of people of Ebonyi despite efforts by his government to protect Fulani herdsmen in the state and South-East region.
He revealed that he knew the sponsors of the Fulani herdsmen’s killings, but would not disclose their identities yet.
The governor also confirmed that AK-47-wielding herdsmen killed at least “15 persons” according to the information he got.
Speaking with newsman, 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.