PDP knocks Ebonyi Govt over Exernoration of herders in Akpu-Ngbo attack
By Chinwe Imo-Eze Onwosi
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Ebonyi State chapter has knocked the state government for its stance in concluding that the Agila people of Benue state were perpetrators of the recent attack in Akpu-Ngbo and not the Fulani herdsmen as speculated.
This was contained in a statement signed by the party’s publicity secretary, Barr. Silas Onu, on Monday, where it frowned at the “hasty conclusion” of the state government which exonerated the herdsmen and the “outright accusation” of Agila people “without proper investigation”.
The statement reads in parts: “While we condemn this brazen act of criminality perpetrated against our people, we are concerned that the Ebonyi State government has jumped into a hasty conclusion by completely exonerating Fulani herdsmen and directly accusing the people of Agila in Benue State, known to have had a long boundary dispute with the affected community.”
PDP noted that it is unfortunate that the state government appears more interested in exonerating a group than digging deep to ascertain the real killers.
Reports gathered from natives of the affected community indicate that “the footprint of the killing does not reflect how the Agila people attacked this community in the past. It is said that the Agila people usually cut off the head of their victim as a trophy and have always attacked using gun, not machete.
“This hasty conclusion reached simply because the Miyetti Allah group denied Fulani herdsmen involvement is very suspicious and is not acceptable to the PDP. No group will accept responsibility for such gruesome murders.
“Since the government now has a way of confirming those killed by herdsmen, can they use the same link to arrest those that killed innocent people in Ishielu? The partnership will be more useful if used to apprehend criminals rather than giving opportunities for baseless denial.
“The Police and DSS are called upon to ignore this hasty conclusion by the government and not to allow it affect their investigation. A thorough and all inclusive investigation must be carried out before any group or Community can either be exonerated or accused.
“We call on all Ebonyians to be peaceful and cooperate with the Police in the discharge of their Constitutional duty.
“May the soul of those who have been killed unnecessarily find peace in the Lord. May their attackers never know peace in Jesus name.”