Kelechi Igwe, Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, has denied reports claiming that the latest attack in the state was carried out by suspected herdsmen.
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Four persons were killed in the early hours of Monday, when unknown gunmen attacked Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state.
This comes about two weeks after scores were killed in five communities in the state.
There have been reports that Fulani herders were responsible for the April 12 attack.
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However, a statement released by Monday Uzor, Chief Press Secretary to the deputy governor, said preliminary investigations showed that the attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated.
“Ebonyi State Government has received with dismay violent attack on the people of Umuogudu Akpu-Ngbo Community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state in the early hours of Monday.
“Preliminary investigations showed that the attack was not carried out by Fulani herdsmen as being speculated in different quarters.
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“The Government of Ebonyi State is in touch with the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen (Miyetti Allah) who denied involvement in the attack.
“Also, the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen has assured Government and people of Ebonyi State that they will not on any account perpetrate an attack on any part of the state.
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“Moreso, the recent attack on Ngbo is linked to the age-long crisis between the community and their Agila neighbours of Benue State,” the statement read in part.