By Esther Nworie
A middle aged farmer, whose name was given as Mmaduabuchi Ogbebor of Ezube-Amankpuma village, Ukawu community in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State has been allegedly murdered by suspected Fulani herdsmen and his motorcycle was taken away.
The deceased lifeless body was discovered along Onu Enuka road, after Ukaba Development Centre in the area.
A community source alleged that the herdsmen who were asked to vacate Ukawu area by the villagers, allegedly killed the deceased on their way out of the community to another destination.
The source who preferred anonymity told Citizens’ Advocate that the deceased was killed by the herdsmen, because they were asked to leave the community.
He said the herdsmen allowed their cow to feed on their crops.
According to the source, “This is the third time we are asking them to go away from our land, but they will leave and end up coming back after some time to cause destruction in our farms.”
The source further alleged that the herdsmen occupied a large farm land close to Ukaba Development Centre in the area before they were asked to leave.
Chief Samuel Ugota, member of the Council of Chiefs in Ukawu autonomous community in Onicha LGA, spoke to our Reporter on the ugly incident, adding that the lifeless body of the deceased was found shortly after the herdsmen left the community.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the State, DSP Loveth Odah confirmed the incident and explained that the Command was yet to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing of the young man.
She said the State Commissioner of Police, Philip Maku, had on Monday invited the people of the community to the Command where he urged them to cooperate with the Command to fish out the killers of the young man.
“We are aware of the killing of the young man. His motorcycle was also taken away by his killers. But we are not yet sure whether he was killed by herdsmen. The CP has ordered for a thorough investigation into the matter to unravel the circumstances surrounding the killing, and bring the perpetrators to book”, she said