Many feared dead, houses razed as Gunmen attack Ebonyi community


No fewer than seven persons have been killed and over five houses burnt in a recent attack at Ohaogelode community in Izzi Local Government Area of Ebonyi State by gunmen.

The community is said to be a neighbouring community to Effium, in Ohaukwu Local Government Area, which has been involved in protracted intra communal crisis between Ezza and Effium in Ohaukwu.

The Ezza-Effium crisis has claimed many lives and led to many Ezza-Effium people taking refuge in Ohaogelode community.

The Police spokesperson in the state, DSP Loveth Odah, said she was not aware of the attack on Ohagelode community.

However, a video of the said incident circulating online shows that at least two persons were killed. In the video, one of the victims was burnt to death besides a building which was still burning Another dead victim, a woman, could be seen in the video with matchete cut wounds all over her body.

However, unconfirmed reports said at least four persons were killed and over five houses burnt by the unknown attackers. Meanwhile, a statement credited to the Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Clement Odah, condemned the attack.

The statement reads: “Ohaukwu Local Government Area has received with concern, report of the unfortunate incident at Ohaogelode Village, in Ishieke community.

The Council condemns the incident in strong terms and reassures all that no stone will be left unturned to unravel the circumstances that led to such avoidable loss of lives and properties.

“The Council has initiated a spirited and discreet investigation to unveil the perpetrators of the act and ensure that justice is done.”

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