No fewer than 30 victims have been reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen during an attack on Odoke, Ndiobasi and Obakotara communities in the Ebonyi Local Government Area.
Reports say that the gunmen attacked the communities killing and injuring many victims with the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team revealing that two children were killed while being taken to hospital for treatment.
A resident of the area, Uchenna Okpokwu said, “People that were skilled in Ndiobasi are up to 30 according to the video clips on the incident. Odoke and Obapta are very far and nobody has been able to enter the two villages.
Another resident of the area, Onyibe Jeremiah, lamented that no action was taken to protect the communities despite warnings of the herdsmen impending attacks.
Hé said, “One man from Enugu State who saw the herdsmen when they were coming into the Ebonyi villages made a voice call that went viral, but he was ignored.”
The Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team said two children were killed while being taken to hospital for treatment.
A statement by AMURT West Africa, said, “Many were carried all the way to Ohagelode Health Centre. The Uloanwu Ambulance was called and 11 people – six adults and five children – were transported to Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki. Sadly two children already died after reaching AEFUTHA.”
Chairman of the Ebonyi LGA, Chinyere Nwaogbaga, confirmed the incident, adding, “The state governor directed that we take injured residents to hospital and also give them relief materials.”