18 bodies recovered as community go to war over boundary dispute
The death toll from Wednesday’s attack on the people of Ojiogu and Okpochiri Ukwagba Ngbo in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has risen to 18.
It was gathered that the affected communities were attacked by Ezzas near the border between Ebonyi and Benue states.
In a phone conversation with Eze Moses Ekpe, Town Union President for Ukwagba Community, the community leader who confirmed the figure added that the search for the victim of the attack was still ongoing.
“As I told you, we are still searching for the victims. So far, what the bodies we have are up to 18 in number.”
The attack resulted in the destruction of properties worth millions of dollars.
Following the heinous incident on Monday, June 27, 2022, the State Government held a closed-door meeting with stakeholders from troubled communities at the Government House in Abakaliki.
The Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr. Kelechi Eric Igwe presided over the meeting which had the following stakeholders in attendance: Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, Chief Frederick Omeh, Dr Okey C. Oke, Bishop Lawson Elom, Barr Chief Emmanuel Igboke, Hon . Fredick Onwe. Chief Godwin Okpoto, Mr Eze Ekpe, Hon Chinedu Awo, Hon Uzim Bernard Nwankwo, Chief Boniface Nwali, Mr. Amechi Alo, Hon Monday Nwenyim, Hon. Titus Nwenyi, Hon Mrs Eucharia Ogwale and Mr Emmanuel Nwankwo.
The chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Hon Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Hon Commissioner for Water Resources, Special Consultant to Ebonyi state Government on security, Permanent Secretary ministry of internal security, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Legal Mathers and Conflict Resolution were also invited.
Details of the meeting are unknown at the time of this report, but many believe it was held to address the growing wave of insecurity in the troubled communities of Ebonyi State’s Ohaukwu Local Government Area.