Four people beheaded as renewed hostility between Ebonyi and Benue states claim eight lives

Armed men alleged to be villagers from Agila in Benue State stormed Ukwagba, Mgbo,Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and beheaded at least four people.

Police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, who confirmed the horrific incident, said four people were beheaded in the attack which occured on Saturday.

the state Commissioner of Police, Awosola Awotinde, top police officers and the Chairman of Ohaukwu LGA, rushed to the scene on receiving information on the incident. We were informed by the people that the attackers came from neighbouring Agila community of Benue as they also burnt six houses and killed 20 goats,” Odah said.
According to the police, the beheaded victims are James Aleke, 55, Innocent Agbo, 65, Chukwu Enwe, 46, and Livinus Idoko, 70. Other residents killed include Ngozi Idenyi, 32, Jonathan Onwe, 10, Ify Aleke, 51, and Susanna Ogba, 54, while one Okeh Nwankwo, 53, is currently hospitalized.

Governor David Umahi, who paid a visit to the area on Sunday condemned stakeholders in the area for allowing the killings to continue.

Meanwhile, the police commissioner urged the people to remain calm and avoid undertaking reprisals as the command will ensure that peace is restored in the area.

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