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Nigeria’s Killing fields: Ebonyi herdsmen killings rise to 52, Niger bandits kill 16, Ubakala youths repel Fulani herdsmen attack

By Odira Nwachukwu

The number of those killed in the Fulani herdsmen massacre  of three communities on Ebonyi-Benue borders  on Monday rose to 52, The PUNCH learnt on Monday.

Armed herdsmen had invaded Odoke Ishieke, Obakota Ishieke and Ndiobasi Ishieke communities in the Ebonyi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State at 3am on Sunday, killing over 30 persons. Those killed included pregnant women and nursing mothers.

The three communities shares boundaries with the Ado LGA of Benue State.

It was gathered that since the invasion attack, security agents had been combing the brushes in the three communities and recovering dead bodies.

A resident of one of the affected communities,  who simply gave his name as Nwegede, said 31 bodies were recovered  in Ndiobasi Ishieke, six in Odoke Ishieke and 15 in  Obakota Ishieke.

According to him, “Herdsmen cut  Izzi  people  at Nwori Ndiobashi side. Most of the victims are at Sudan Hospital Onuenyimu right now battling machete cuts and gunshot injuries.”

As of Monday evening, many victims of the attack were still receiving treatment at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital 2, Abakaliki and a health centre close to the scene of the incidents, AMURT.

A strong stakeholder from one of the affected communities,  Onyekachi Nwebonyi told journalists that over 30 bodies had been evacuated from bushes around the affected communities while soldiers were still recovering more bodies from the bushes.

Nwebonyi, who is  the Commissioner for Capital City Development in the state, said the affected communities were thrown into trauma, thus leaving the people in panic.

On Monday night the youths and vigilante of Ubaka community in Umuahia South Local Government Area of Abia State, our reporter gathered that the armed herdsmen who lunched an attack on the community were repelled by brave UBAKALA Youths who remained vigilant till the early hours of the morning.

Right now, everywhere in the community is calm right now, even though the community’s youth leader said they are not going to lay down their guards as they are anticipating a return of the marauding Fulani herdsmen.

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Meanwhile, more than 15 villagers have been reportedly killed in Beri town, Bobi district in the Mariga Local Government Area of Niger State.

A mobile policeman was said to be among the dead.

The PUNCH learnt that some local vigilantes neutralised five of the bandits during the incident, which happened on Monday.

It was, however, gathered that the Beri Police Station was burnt by the hoodlums, with several people reportedly injured during the stampede that accompanied the arson.

Our correspondent was informed that another set of bandits stormed Garin-Gabas during which they faced stiff opposition from the youth of the town,

It could not be immediately ascertained the number of casualties on both sides.

Also on Monday, some bandits raided Ungwan Bako in the Kotonkoro district of Mariga Local Government Area, abducting many people, mostly women and children.

The Niger State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the incidents, but did not give details.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun, did not respond to calls made to his cell phones for comments on the developments.

Source Punch with inputs by our correspondent

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