By Our Reporter, Ebonyi
Unknown gunmen have invaded Ndiagu Orie village, at Umuoguduakpu-Ngbo community, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State , killing over 12 persons most of whom were reported to have been beheaded.
The attack, which was allegedly carried out by Agila warlords, in the Ardo Local Government Area of Benue State, who invaded the community in military uniform, took place at about 2.30am on Tuesday.
It was gathered that among the about 12 persons killed were 5 pregnant women and two Octogenarians, from Umuoguduakpu-Ngbo community, in the Ohaukwu council of Ebonyi State.
Among those killed, was the mother of a journalist serving in Ebonyi State Ministry of Information, attached to the wife of the Governor, Mrs Pauline Nwaneri. alongside her three siblings .
She was reported to have took to her verified Facebook page, on Tuesday morning and call on security agencies for quick intervention.
It was further gathered that the attack might not be unconnected to the missing Naval Officer who was alleged to have disappeared for the past two weeks at Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo, where he was said to have been seen last when on his way to his home town of Agila, in Benue State.
Both Agila community, in the Ardo LGA of Benue State and their neighbours, in Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo community, in Ohaukwu LGA, of Ebonyi State, have had protracted communal clashes, which had defied all the peace moves being made by both state Governments.
The people of Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo, had alleged invasion of their community by suspected gunmen in military uniform and raised the alarm of possible attack by the Agila people.
It was also gathered that the prople of Umuogodoakpu-Ngbo community were taken unawares as it was their market day and relaxed security at their borders for traders to come in, through all entry and exit points.
Further investigations revealed that those who were killed during the attack include Fidelia Ali, 45; James Eze, 58; Eke Ajah, 75; Idenyi Agbo, 45; Elizabeth Obele, 85; Ogah Oge, 35yrs; Ogba Eze, 81, among others..
Also, houses and farm produce storage facilities worth millions of naira were reported burnt and destroyed during the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi Command, DSP Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incidence, explained that the clashes between the two border towns in Ebonyi and Benue states, had been protracted.
According to Odah, “The police are seriously investigating the matter to ensure safety of lives and property in the area, and to forestall escalation.”
Tanker Explosion: Ex- Gov Bello Aide On Students Matters Omonu Joshua Commiserates With Govt., Students, Families Of Accident Victims
The immediate past Senior Special Assistant on Students Matters to Governor Yahaya Bello, has joined his voice with that of other sympathisers to commiserate with the families of the students, Felele community who were killed during a Tanker explosion which occurred at early hours on Wednesday in Lokoja, the state capital.
Joshua in a statement he personally signed and made available to News men prayed for eternal rest of those that died in the incident and fortitude to bear the loss on part of their families as well as quick recovery for the injured.
He equally condoled the government and people of Kogi State where he hail the prompt response of the government to the scene.
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In the condolence message issued in Benin City, the state capital on Thursday, Obaseki said: “I condole with the government and people of Kogi State over the tanker explosion that claimed several lives.
“The explosion is an urgent reminder of the need to prioritize road and rail infrastructure development in Nigeria.”
The governor added: “Our hearts go out to families that lost persons and wish them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
Just In: Another Gas Explosion Hits Lagos
A gas explosion is currently rocking one area at Iju Ishaga, Lagos State.
According to reports gathered, many of the people who involved in the incident were injured.
The Punch reports that buildings around the scene of the explosion suffered a partial collapse. As of the time of filing this report, the details of the gas explosion were sketchy An eyewitness, Ikechukwu, said, “We just heard a loud sound around 03.30 pm and we suddenly began to see smoke.
The explosion is massive and we are not sure of the casualties but many people are injured.
The spokesperson for the Lagos State Emergency Agency, Nosa Okunbor, confirmed the incident.
He disclosed that emergency fighters have arrived at the scene of the incident. “LASEMA Response Team is at Cele Bus Stop, Iju Ishaga.
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