Unknown gunmen on Monday invaded the people of Ojiogu and Okpochiri Ukwagba community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and reportedly killed one person, setting many houses ablaze and kidnapping many victims. Many residents of the community were also said to have been abducted by the attackers who are referred to as the notorious unknown gunmen.
According to our reliable source, it was gathered that this incident has caused other natives who survived the attack to desert the community for fear of further invasion. A community source who pleaded anonymity for obvious reasons, said the unknown gunmen invaded the community and shot sporadically, killed one person and abducted many others.
The source also confirmed that many houses were set ablaze. When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Command, SP Chris Anyanwu, he stated that the command was yet to be briefed on the incident. Chris Anyanwu pledged to revert as soon as he was briefed about the invasion, but he was yet to do so as at the time of filing this report.
Meanwhile, the Council Chairman of Ohaukwu Local Government Area, Clement Odah, has condemned the attack in a statement he issued on Tuesday. The statement read; “Ohaukwu Local Government Council has received with concern, report of the security breaches and attack against the innocent people of Ojiogu and Okpochiri Ukwagba Ngbo on Monday the 27th of June, 2022.
“The council condemns the incident in the strongest terms and reassures all that no stone will be left unturned to unravel the true circumstances that led to such unwarranted attack and loss of lives and properties. The Council has liaised with appropriate security agents to immediately move into the troubled area while working assiduously with the relevant stakeholders with a view to ensuring a quick return of peace and normalcy to Ukwagba.
“Our heartfelt sympathy goes to all the affected families and our beloved brothers from the affected villages and indeed the entire Ngboejeogu clan. The Council re-affirms our commitment to promote and propagate peace in every part of Ohaukwu Local Government Area and indeed in all communities.
“The government of Ebonyi State under our peace loving governor has worked assiduously to restore peace in the entire Ebonyi State and all hands must be on deck to achieve the task of a peaceful Ebonyi State where love and unity reign supreme.
Once again, our people are assured that government will not rest until total peace is restored in every part of the local government area and in particular Ukwagba Ngbo community,” he concluded.
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