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Attack On Ebonyi Community Not By Fulani Herdsmen – Deputy Governor, Kelechi Igwe

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The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Kelechi Igwe, has denied reports claiming that the attacks on the people of Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the State, in the early hours of on Monday, April 12, was carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

 

LIB reported earlier that unknown gunmen stormed the community and attacked the villagers, leaving many injured. It was alleged that the attack was carried out by Fulani herdsmen.

 

However, in a statement released by Monday Uzor, his Chief Press Secretary, the deputy governor said preliminary investigations showed that the attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated in different quarters.

“Ebonyi State Government has received with dismay violent attack on the people of Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Monday.

Preliminary investigations showed that the attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated in different quarters.

The Government of Ebonyi State is in touch with the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen (Miyetti Allah) who denied involvement in the attack.

Also, the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen has assured Government and people of Ebonyi State that they will not on any account perpetrate an attack on any part of the state.

Moreso, the recent attack on Ngbo is linked to the age-long crisis between the community and their Agila neighbours of Benue State.”the statement in part reads

 

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JUST IN: Gunmen Shoot Four Persons Dead In Rivers Again

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Gunmen have reportedly invaded the Kono Boue community in the Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State and shot four persons dead. The incident was said to have occurred in the wee hour of Saturday.

They were said to have shot sporadically when they entered the community, dowing four persons in the process.

Reports filtering in from the community said among those killed included one Lekara Bira, 32 and Torka, 40 and two others.

It was also gathered that the gunmen, in possession of Ak-47 rifle shot indiscriminately at any young man on sight.

The tragic incident has been confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the Kono Boue Community Development Committee(CDC), Golden Nwibakpo, who in an interview with our Correspondent decried the incessant killings in Kono Boue.

Nwibakpo claimed that the four men who were killed allegedly did not belong to any Cult group and were law-abiding citizens of the community.

Nwibakpo suggested that the Police authority should establish a Police station in the community to curb the incessant killings, and urged the Rivers State Government to make the deplorable road in the community motorable to ensure proper patrol of the area by security agencies.

He further disclosed that the Community has been deserted as residents had fled the crisis-ridden Community to Bori town the headquarters of Khana Local Government Area.

It would be recalled that unknown gunmen penultimate Sunday killed Nkpa Awolowo, a 58 year-old Man in the Kono Boue community.

However, at the time of filing this report, the State Police Command has not officially confirmed the incident.

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Cult Clashes: Man Arrested Over ‘Killing Of Cousin’ In Edo

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Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have arrested a man identified as Igboje Victor, for allegedly taking part in the killing of his cousin brother during a rival cult fight.

Igboje was among the 54 suspects paraded by the Edo State Police Commissioner, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, for involving in various crimes in the state.

According to the commissioner, the suspects were arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping, murder, cultism, rape among others.

The incident, it was learnt, happened in Sabogida-Ora Opuje community Owan West local government of Edo State.

In an interview with Daily Trust, Igboje denied involvement in the killing.

“I was not involved in the killing of my brother but was arrested because I am a member of Eiye cult group while my late brother is in Aiye group.

“In our community, we used to sell Indian Hemp to make money but the Aiye group used the drug business to arrest Eiye members through the police”.

“The leader of both group scheduled a meeting at night to resolve the issue,” he said.

He however added that, on the day of the meeting, Aiye members laid an ambush and shot at Eiye members while on their way to the venue of the meeting, killing one of them who was later taken to the mortuary.

“The brother of the deceased, who is a military officer, said they should go and bury the boy because of his mother”

“After the burial, I went to the neighbouring community to buy food but when I returned, I learnt that Eiye members had gone to attack an Aiye member who happened to be my cousin and he died as a result of the injury he sustained.”

He said he was not among the group that attacked his brother, adding “because we belong to rival cult groups, they said I was the one that killed him and I was arrested by police alongside others.

“I was not even there when my brother was attacked. I didn’t kill my brother,” he said.

The commissioner of police, however, said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as the investigation is completed.

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JUST IN: Three Cops Feared Dead As Gunmen Raze Delta Police Station

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Gunmen have reportedly killed three policemen during an attack on Nsukwa Police Divisional Headquarters, Aniocha South LGA.

It was learnt the attack, which occurred around 1.00 am on Sunday, led to the collapse of parts of the roof of the police station.

Details of the attack were still sketchy as of press time.

The Nation gathered an uneasy calm has enveloped Nsukwa, a small agrarian community, following the attack with residents fleeing to neighbouring communities.

The Nation learnt the gunmen, who arrived on foot, launched the attack from a thick forest behind the ill-fortified station.

Although identities of the slain policemen have not been declared, sources in the community claimed they include an Inspector, sergeant and a Corporal.

The fate of a lone detainee at the station remains unknown as of press time.

Sources in the community said that there were sporadic shootings that lasted for about one hour.

Several policemen have been killed in attacks in different parts of Delta State but no police station has been razed until this.

Delta Police Commissioner, Ari Ali, who declined comment said: “Speak with the police public relations officer”.

Efforts to reach the Delta Command image-maker, Bright Edafe, proved abortive as his lines rang out several times.

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