Suspected Herdsmen, on Monday evening, invaded Obegu and Amuzu communities in the Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi, killing scores of people in the communities.
Residents have however given conflicting figures of casualties, with one saying 18 peoples were killed and another saying 10.
A resident said: “We are mourning, we are in serious mourning since late Monday. Herdsmen invaded our communities and massacred our people. As we speak, 18 persons were slaughtered like animals. They matcheted many of our people, burnt vehicles, motorcycles and looted our properties”, adding that among those killed was a Priest in the Methodist Church, whose car was equally burnt to ashes.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident, said: “The Commissioner of Police delegated a team of Policemen for on the spot assessment because of peace talks going on in the town. So, the Commissioner of Police delegated them; Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations and others went for on the spot assessment to enable us get the detail of the report. So, they are yet to come back.
“We are still waiting for our men to come back to tell us their findings. I am already preparing a press release on the incident but their report too will assist us in giving you detail information about it.”