Police confirms death of eight people in Ebonyi state
The community was attacked allegedly by persons from Agila in neighbouring Benue State.
However, officials of the state government believe otherwise and blame stakeholders in the area for the situation.
The attack with residents initially saying ten people were killed according to PREMIUMTIMES.
Loveth Odah, the Police Public Relations Officer, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that in the attack which occurred on Saturday, four of the victims were beheaded.
“The state Commissioner of Police (CP), Awosola Awotinde, top police officers and the Chairman of Ohaukwu LGA, rushed to the scene on receiving information on the incident.
“We were informed by the people that the attackers came from neighbouring Agila community of Benue as they also burnt six houses and killed 20 goats,” Ms Odah said.
The spokesperson gave the names of the beheaded victims as James Aleke, 55, Innocent Agbo, 65, Chukwu Enwe, 46, and Livinus Idoko, 70.
“The victims whose bodies were still intact are Ngozi Idenyi, 32, Jonathan Onwe, 10, Ify Aleke, 51, and Susanna Ogba, 54, while Okeh Nwankwo, 53, is currently hospitalised.
“The CP urged the people to remain calm and avoid undertaking reprisal attacks as the command will ensure that peace is restored in the area,” she said.
Clement Odah, Chairman of the council, narrated his version of the incident and blamed those that were not happy with his administration for the killings.