THE killings carried out by suspected herdsmen last Monday night in four communities of Egedege, Umuhuali, Obegu and Amaezu, in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, has attracted condemnations across the country.
There had been issues between herdsmen and host communities in Ebonyi before now, but the incident that occurred in Ishielu LGA has been rated on a different scale since the creation of the state on October 1, 1996.
On Friday, the 13 Council Chairmen in the state gave security agencies 72 hours ultmatum to fish out the perpetrators of the killings.
Recall that over 15 residents were hacked to death by rampaging herdsmen who were allegedly seen carrying cutlasses and AK-47 rifles in last week’s incident
While some fortunate members of the affected communities ran for their lives into Enugu State, others fell miserably to the cold hands of death in their own land.
A 77-year-old survivor, who spoke to Sunday Vanguard, explained that they (communities) began to have issues with the herdsmen when their cows started eating up their farm produce.
She said: “I am a 77-year-old farmer and my name is Mrs Rosemary Ozara. I am from Obeagu-Egedegede community, Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
“Currently, almost all the natives have run away for the sake of their dear lives, because nobody considers this community to be safe again.
“For like six years now, we would plant but can’t harvest our farm produce. Each planting season, they (herdsmen) would uproot everything we planted and give it to their cows for feeding.