Days after about 16 people were killed in Ebonyi, unknown gunmen have struck again
- This time, the attackers who were dressed as military men abducted five people from Ohauwkwu LGA
- According to one of the villagers, they were relaxed when they saw the men, thinking they were security officers until they started hearing gunshots
The village head of Oshiagu Amia Ngbo in Umuogudu Akpu Ngbo community in Ohauwkwu local government area of Ebonyi state, Deacon John Ulebe Nnaji, has been reportedly abducted by unknown gunmen.
According to The Sun, the gunmen who were dressed in military uniform struck the community at about 2pm on Thursday, April 1.
Nnaji was not the only one kidnapped, four others were also taken away by the criminals.
Sources in the community disclosed that some other people were injured by the gunmen who used matchet on them before leaving on motorbikes.
Recounting what happened, one of the members of the community identified as Amos Otubo said the gunmen stormed the village square in a commando-like fashion as they were relaxing, The Nation reports.
Amos noted that the gunmen dressed in military attire were on bikes which carried three persons.
According to him, the villagers were relaxed when they saw these men, thinking they were military men on special duty.
"We were still at the village square taking fresh air and discussing when we suddenly started hearing gunshot everywhere in the village and people started running to take cover.”
Before leaving the village with their victims, the armed men were said to have robbed some of the villagers of their personal belongings.
A close source to the family of the village head confirmed that one of those abducted had made contact with them.
Reacting to the incident, the commissioner of police, CP Aliyu Garba disclosed that his men have swung into action.
16 killed in Ebonyi state
Suspected herdsmen had on Monday, March 29, invaded Obeagu community in the Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi state. No fewer than 16 people were sent to an early grave.
Legit.ng reported that about 10 motorcycles and a vehicle, whose owners were killed in the community, were set ablaze.
The report stated that one of the residents who escaped the onslaught, Ngozi Odoabuchi, described the incident as horrible.
Ohanaeze declares war
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expressed serious worry over the disturbing presence of killer herdsmen in the southeast region of Nigeria.
The socio-cultural group was reacting to the recent activities of some gunmen who came in the guise of cattle rearers and unleashed terror in the Adani Uzo Uwani area Enugu on Tuesday, March 30.
It called on Igbos and local vigilantes to defend themselves against killer herdsmen in a bid to exterminate the menace.