Eight Villages Attacked, Two Persons Beheaded In Ebonyi State | FortNews

Eight villages in Azuof­fia Edda community of Abakaliki Local Govern­ment Area of Ebonyi State have been sacked by suspected in­vaders from Ovuruokpon village in Cross River State.

The attackers burnt down over 200 houses, killed three villagers and beheaded another three, The AUTHORITY has learnt.

Seven out of the eight villages attacked have been deserted by the fear-stricken residents.

Governor David Umahi, who was in the area on Wednesday to assess the situation, almost broke down in tears. He described the at­tack as “man’s inhumanity to man.”

The governor was in the area in the company of heavily-armed se­curity agents and members of the State Executive Council (SEC).

Addressing the displaced per­sons at the Internally Displaced Persons’ (IDPs’) Camp at the flank of the Azuoffia Edda, Umahi ex­pressed shock and sadness at the magnitude of the destruction, more so as the assault came a few days after peace talks between the two states had commenced.

He enjoined the Azuoffia com­munity members to remain calm as vengeance belongs to God.

The governor however warned that his administration would not tolerate wanton destruction of life and property of the people.

He commended security agen­cies and the National Commission of Refugees, Migrants and Inter­nally Displaced Persons for their prompt responses.

He announced that Ekumenyi/Nwida/Azuoffia Road would be en­listed among World Bank projects to be executed.

The Chairman of the Abaka­liki Council, Mr. Peter Nwogbaga, explained that apart from the hun­dreds of burnt homes, more peo­ple had fled the area for fear of fresh attacks.

Nwogbaga recalled that the cri­ses between the feuding communi­ties of Azuoffia Edda and Ovuruok­pon began on January 10, 2017 after the people of Ovuruokpon village accused the Azuoffia Edda commu­nity of killing and beheading one Ishagha, a commercial motorcyclist.

And in Bayelsa State, suspected oil pipeline vandals have attacked the Korokorosie community in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area. The attack followed the ar­rest of three of their members by the Joint Military Task Force code named Operation Delta Safe and the men of the Nigerian Se­curity and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

They were arrested over their alleged involvement in the Decem­ber 2016 attack on the Ogbienbi­ri-Tebidaba trunk line operated by the Nigerian Agip Oil Compa­ny (NAOC).

The troubled community is the country home of the Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Kombowei Benson.

The vandals, who were armed and allegedly led by one Chi­na Man, attacked the community in the early hours of Wednesday, shooting to death a youth iden­tified as Erelayefa, who engaged them. Also shot and critically in­jured were two school pupils from the Community Primary School.

It was gathered that the mem­bers of the Oil and Gas Committee in the Southern Ijaw area were not left out in the attack. The home of the Coordinator of the Oil and Gas Task Force and three others were set ablaze over their involvement in the arrest of their colleagues.

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