The accusation that a woman was killed by herdsmen in the South-East state has been refuted by the Ebonyi state government.
On social media yesterday, July 27, there were accusations that the body of a young woman from the community of Amaporo was discovered along a bush route between the settlements of Agbebor, Isu, and Onicha-Igboeze after she had allegedly been murdered by herders.
Photos shared on social media showed the young lady lying lifeless on a pile of firewood with her throat slit.
Reacting to the claim, Commissioner for Information in Ebonyi state, Uchenna Orji said there’s no evidence so far to link the murder to herdsmen.
Orji also stated that there are no herdsmen residing in the area and it believed that the attack was carried out by criminal elements in the area while she was returning from a neighbouring village.
The statement read;
“Our attention has been drawn to a trending social media post over a young girl found dead in a village in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State and the impressions created over the circumstances of her death.
“While the state government condemns the ugly incident as unacceptable brutal murder of an innocent citizen by heartless criminals, it is imperative to note that contrary to the claims circulating in social media that Fulani herders were responsible for her gruesome murder, the community has not seen anything linking her death with the Fulani herdsmen, moreso there is no herders’ camp in the area”
“The unfortunate incident is the handiwork of yet-to-be-identified criminals who attacked and killed the deceased on her way, through a track road, back from where she went to process cassava at Agbegbor village in Isu community, Onicha Local Government Area.
“The community together with the security agencies has declared manhunt on the perpetrators. The State Government sends its condolences to the victim’s family and assures them that government will not leave any stone unturned in unmasking the killers of the young girl.”
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