Killer Fulani herdsmen have reportedly challenged the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB and his Eastern Security Network, ESN to do their worst, insisting that they can launch an attack in any Igbo community of their choice.
Recall that the militia group had on Monday invaded Obeagu community in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and killed 16 persons who were between the ages of 18 and 56.
Speaking with correspondents, Amuche Uga, one of the victim who survived the onslaught, said she was coming home from Onitsha to see her parents when she got stuck in the incident, even as she thanked God she survived it.
She said, “All those who carried out the attack were Fulani. They told us that they were Fulani militias. They also told us that we should go and tell Nnamdi Kanu that they can enter any community in Igboland and carry an attack and nothing will happen.”
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Another person who gave his name as Okechukwu Ebeh, alleged that the assailants were brought to the community on Monday in five unmarked Hilux vans.
“They (assailants) first attacked a young man who was returning home with his mother and wife. When he came to the village, after telling his story, our people immediately started calling people who were in Nkalagu and Eha-Amufu and other neighbouring communities to remain there until the issue was addressed.
“Unfortunately, those who didn’t get the information were mostly the victims. Others killed were people passing through the community from other states at Egedegede Junction.”
Our correspondent counted 16 corpses that were scattered in various locations where they were killed.
Speaking on the carnage, the Chairman of Ishielu Local Government Area, Henry Eze, described the incident as gruesome and called on the security agencies to fish out the killers.
A community leader, who gave his name as Oji Osondu said the offence of his community was that they dared to ask the herdsmen to leave their community.
The Ebonyi State Police Command confirmed the incident but could not verify the casualty figure.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah, said, “The Commissioner of Police delegated a team of policemen for an on-the-spot assessment because of peace talks going on in the town.”