Gunmen kill 54 individuals in 5 states

Gunmen kill Oyo Commissioner’s brother, another beheaded at Bakatare in Oyo…Suspected herders kill 4 villagers in Enugu

…Gunmen shoot, stab bizman to demise in Ibadan

…Pregnant lady killed in Nasarawa

…12 killed, many lacking in Benue communities

By  Peter Duru,  Peter Okutu, Ikechukwu Odu, Ola Ajayi & David Odama

FIFTY 4 Nigerians had been reportedly killed by suspected herdsmen and gunmen in numerous assaults carried out in Ebonyi, Benue, Enugu, Nasarawa and Oyo states, however police denied reported killings in Ebonyi state.

The suspected herdsmen, yesterday, attacked Odoke, Ndiobasi and Obakotara communities in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state the place no fewer than 30 Ebonyi indigenes had been killed.

The affected communities share a boundary with Ado Local Government Area in Benue State.

A resident within the space, Uchenna Okpokwu, stated the herdsmen invaded his group with weapons and machetes round 3 am, yesterday.

“They got here into Ndiobasi village and began slaughtering folks. After slaughtering them, they entered Odoke, from there they went to Obapta.

“Currently, those that had been slaughtered in Ndiobasi are as much as 30 based on the video clips on the incident however Odoke and Obapta are very far and no one was in a position to enter the 2 villages to seize people who had been killed.

“When I acquired a name from one among my villagers over the assault, he instructed me that the herdsmen are presently at Ojaba forest and that place is their hideout as a result of there is no such thing as a different approach for them to flee. The herdsmen are presently in that forest as on the time I used to be known as on the telephone.

“I used to be instructed our native authorities chairman went with some safety males however couldn’t get to the affected villages. If there’s a approach safety brokers will likely be despatched to the affected villages, it is going to be good.

“Currently, I have been trying to reach my family members on phone but their lines are not going through and all of them are in the village.”

Another resident of the realm, Onyibe Jeremiah, lamented that no motion was taken to guard the communities regardless of earlier warnings of the herdsmen’s impending assaults.

Hé stated: ”One younger man from Enugu State that noticed the herdsmen after they had been coming into the Ebonyi villages made the voice name that went viral to alert the state nevertheless it appeared that it was ignored, which was why these assaults had been recorded regardless of the alert.

2 youngsters die on technique to hospital

The Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team, AMURT, confirmed that two youngsters had been killed whereas being taken to the hospital for remedy.

The NGO stated it has despatched a workforce to the realm to assist in the remedy and evacuation of victims.

An announcement by AMURT West Africa stated: “Terrible scenes at Ohagelode Health Centre this morning. An assault on an Izzi village inside Benue State, allegedly by herdsmen, resulted in lots of casualties.

“Many had been carried to Ohagelode Health Centre. The Uloanwu Ambulance was known as and 11 individuals, six adults and 5 youngsters had been transported to AEFUTHA in Abakaliki.

“Sadly two children died after reaching AEFUTHA. An AMURT team of doctors, led by Dr Omogo, the MD of AMURT, has rushed to Ohagelode. We are trying to support the wounded carried to AEFUTHA.”

Chairman of Ebonyi Local Government Area, Chinyere Nwaogbaga, who confirmed the incident, stated she went to the realm and helped to evacuate lots of the residents from the realm to the hospital.

“Yes, the communities are Izzi, a clan in Ebonyi, speaking communities but they are geographically located in Benue. Since they are indigenes of Ebonyi though located in Benue, the state governor directed we go and bring them to hospital and treat them and also give them relief materials”.

Police deny assault on Ebonyi communities

But the Ebonyi State Police Command, yesterday, denied there was herdsmen assault in Ebonyi Local Government Area of the State.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah, stated: “The consideration of the Ebonyi State Police Command has been drawn to the photographs/information gadgets in circulation on some social media platforms misinforming the general public {that a} village in Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was below herdsmen assault.

“To set the data straight, the data reaching the command has it that the assault occurred at Nwori Ndobasi and Odoke villages in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State within the early hours of immediately (yesterday).

“As it were, Sunday is their market day, so traders from Ebonyi LGA crossed over to buy and sell as had been the practice over the years and were caught in the crossfire during the attack. There was no attack on any village in Ebonyi LGA as widely reported on some social media platforms and other conventional media outlets.”

12 killed, many lacking in Benue communities

But experiences from Ado Local Government Area of Benue State, yesterday, revealed that no fewer than 12 individuals had been killed by suspected armed herdsmen in simultaneous assaults on communities bordering Ebonyi State, weekend.

The assaults, which led to the disappearance of many and displacement of over 5,000 individuals affected Obakoto, Odirewu, Offianka, Nwedoga, Tologa, Ndi-Obasi, Odoken communities in Ekile Council Ward of Ijigban district of Ado LGA.

Vanguard gathered that the invaders additionally destroyed homes and meals barns within the affected communities.

According to the supply, “it was  round 11 pm on Saturday  that we acquired calls from our those that attackers suspected to be herdsmen had invaded our ward killing and setting homes on fireplace.

Confirming the assault on Ekile, the Ado Chairman, Oche defined that the assault could possibly be a reprisal for the homicide of an aged herder, Muhammad Isah, about two months in the past by suspected militia or IPOB members from neighbouring Ebonyi State in one of many affected communities.

Suspected herders kill 4 villagers in Enugu

Also, Mgbuji group in Isi-Uzo Local Government Area of Enugu State was, weekend, reportedly attacked by suspected herdsmen that gruesomely murdered no fewer than 4 individuals.

It was gathered that hassle began when the suspected herders had been interrupted from slicing down an financial tree to feed their cattle.

The interruption, based on some villagers, who pleaded anonymity, led to a brawl between the group members and the herders.

It was additionally realized that the group members succeeded in pursuing the nomads and their cattle from additional destruction of the financial tree.

However, on what appeared like a calculated revenge mission, the herders bolstered and attacked the group, killing 4 individuals within the early hours of Friday.

Confirming the incident, spokesperson of Enugu State Police Command, Daniel Ndukwe, stated the state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, has ordered a discreet investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the assault.

Gunmen shoot, stab bizman to demise in Ibadan

In Ibadan, Oyo State capital, a preferred Igbo businessman, Linus Owuamanam, was Saturday night time shot useless by unknown gunmen.

Vanguard gathered that the assailants waylaid him alongside Sango Road round 8 pm.

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The information of the businessman was damaged by his youthful brother, Jude Owuamanam, who stated; “Yes, it is true. They have killed my brother. He was shot dead by some gunmen in Ibadan. The family is in pains now.”

It was gathered that the deceased was in his newly acquired Hummer Toyota bus with one among his workers when the assailants stopped his automobile and fired photographs at him.

To guarantee he didn’t survive the assault, he was reportedly stabbed severally on the left aspect of his chest after which they fled the scene.

Confirming the incident, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Adewale Osifeso, stated: “It is true the unfortunate incident happened yesterday (Saturday) night. But I will get the full details for you on Monday (today) because we have commenced investigation into the matter.”

Pregnant lady killed in Nasarawa

A pregnant lady was allegedly killed, Saturday, by suspected gunmen in Abebe village, Agaza district of Keana Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

The gunmen, who had been stated to be armed with subtle weapons, opened fireplace on the villagers, killing a pregnant lady whereas others scampered for security.

It was gathered that the Abebe village has been below menace by some farmers of Alago extraction from Obi city in Obi Local Government Area of the state whose efforts to forcefully takeover some hectares of farmland belonging to the Tiv farmers of the group have continued to be met with stiff resistance.

Reacting to the incident, the TIDA President, Peter Ahemba, alleged that the assaults and killing of Tiv folks of Nasarawa State within the final two months was focused at chasing them out of the state by some forces,

He condemned the killings and destruction of the Tiv folks and urged teams or ethnic nationality with grievances towards the Tiv folks to contain a civilised strategy in direction of addressing their grievances fairly than taking undue benefit of the insecurity scenario within the southern a part of the state to unleashed mayhem on the harmless folks which he stated was counterproductive and detrimental to the unity, peace and safety of the state.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer of the Nasarawa State Command, ASP Ramhan Nansel, denied information of the assault.

He, nevertheless, admitted that any individual known as him from a village across the alleged affected Community to intimate him of the incident, however stated the command was but to obtain an official report from the stated group.

Vanguard News Nigeria

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