BY STANLEY AHUKANNA in Umuahia•
There has been tension in Ebonyi state following the killing of no fewer than six persons and 14 injured as suspected Fulani herdsmen militias attacked Onunwakpu community in Izzi local government area of the state.
It was learned that the Fulani militias disguised themselves as innocent visitors to the area before they launched the attack, with some of the wounded victims currently receiving treatment at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki.
A staff of the hospital, who spoke to journalists on the condition of anonymity said three person with severe machete cuts were brought to the hospital by natives of the community on Monday afternoon.
“I don’t have the names but all l know is that we have three persons who claimed that they were attacked by herdsmen at Onunwakpu community in Izzi local government area and they are responding to treatment here”, the hospital staff said.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi state Command, ASP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident but could not give any detail on the attack.
She said the report came when the command was having its management meeting, but the command has since drafted policemen to the area to ensure there was no further breakdown of law and order.
“Policemen have been deployed to the area but I’m yet to get necessary details as to know when the crisis started but the information came to us today during our management meeting at about 10:15am.
She however, requested for 30 minutes time to enable her get more details into the crisis but when contacted on phone again, she could not pick.
It was also gathered that other persons who were wounded following the attack are also receiving treatment in some undisclosed private hospitals as at the time of filling this report.