Ebonyi killings: MACBAN wants perpetrators punished

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) has condemned the recent of residents of some communities in Ebonyi hoodlums saying perpetrators should be punished.

The Southeast Zonal Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Tuesday that the incident was reprehensible and must go unpunished.

Siddiki charged security agencies to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident with a to unmasking and punishing the perpetrators in line with extant laws.

The MACBAN zonal chairman appealed to the people of the area to rush into hasty conclusions as regards the identity of the invaders investigations were over.

“We are happy with this incident. This is heartbreaking and our hearts bleed. We condole with the of the deceased and the state government.

“As an association, we appeal to the security agencies not to any stone unturned in unraveling the circumstances behind the and the identity of the killers,” he said.

Siddiki appealed to residents of the affected communities in particular and the state in general to remain calm and not to take laws into their hands.

He said that herders in the area and members of their host communities had coexisted peacefully for years, adding that he would be surprised such dastardly act was committed them.

He said that Nigerians were a people with common destiny and should tolerate one another.

Recall that hoodlums had on March 29, 2021 invaded three communities of Egedegede, Obegu and Amuzu in Ishielu Local Government Area of Ebonyi and killed some residents.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebonyi Command, DSP Loveth Odah the incident.

Odah described the invasion as novel in the state, adding that investigation was clinically ongoing to ensure that such thing did not happen again.

“The commissioner of police in Ebonyi has vowed to bring the perpetrators to book,” she said.

She said that it was surprising that such incident happen in Ebonyi considering the tight security architecture in the state.

The PPRO said that the affected communities, though in Ebonyi, were closer to Enugu State and that the police would not let the matter die.

Odah said that the number of deaths had risen to 15 as at March 31, 2021.

“We took many of the victims to the hospital. Unfortunately we lost some of them today raising the fatalities to 15,” Odah said. (NAN)