The Benue Whine Authorities on Friday acknowledged there is no such thing as a evidence linking the Agila folks of Ado Native Authorities Predicament to the contemporary attack in Ebonyi Whine.
Gunmen had in the early hours of April 12 attacked Ebele village, Ngbo in Ohaukwu Native Authorities Predicament of Ebonyi Whine reportedly killing an unspecified number of folks.
The attackers had been acknowledged to hold invaded the village through Agila community, a border town between Ebonyi and Benue States which hold been enmeshed in a boundary dispute.
But in a assertion issued on Friday, Benue Whine Deputy Governor and Chairman of the Boundary Committee, Benson Abounu, exonerated the Agila folks, expressing disappointment over a assertion credited to Ebonyi Whine Authorities, David Umahi who purportedly indicted residents of the north-central recount.
“Whereas we sympathise with the victims and families of those affected in the grotesque attack, it’s a long way required to recount that there is no such thing as a evidence linking the Agila folks of Benue Whine with the offence,” he acknowledged.
“We’re drastically surprised on the strive by the Ebonyi Whine Governor to change the narrative and catch scapegoats for an action each person, including the survivors themselves acknowledged was utilized by Fulani herdsmen.
“We’re amazed and extremely disappointed with the assertion credited to the Executive Governor of Ebonyi Whine, His Excellency, Engr David Umahi indicting the Agila folks of Ado Native Authorities Predicament of Benue Whine for the Monday, April 12th, 2021 attack on Umwuagodo-Akpu community of Ohaukwu Native Authorities Predicament of Ebonyi Whine whereby an unspecified number of folks had been allegedly killed.”
When the attack first occurred, even with out any make of verification, and against the avalanche of evidence that it was utilized by Fulani herdsmen, Governor Umahi had hurriedly accused Agila folks of responsibility.
This present day, two weeks after, in present to validate his earlier assertion, Governor Umahi is laying blame on the Agila folks at the same time as he has licensed that the attack was with out a doubt utilized by Fulani herdsmen. He now says that, the herdsmen had been hired by Benue folks. Even a gullible public will catch this refined to swallow.
This might maybe be recalled that victims of the aitack had categorically known herdsmen because the attackers. In spite of this, the Governor aloof went forward to accuse the Agila of us that convincingly absolved themselves of the atrocity.
Given the foregoing, we are now compelled to ask of Governor Umahi the next questions:
1.How did he come concerning the assertion that the Agila folks hired the Fulani herdsmen killers?
- Where is the evidence supporting the claim that Agila hired the herdsmen attackers?
- Did any Fulani herdsman instruct Governor Umahi that the Agila folks hired his kinsmen?
- Has Governor Umahi to work along with the Agila side to envision the truth or otherwise of the claim?
Let me recount right here that when news of the attack broke and the Governor solid aspersion on the Benue side, I, as Benue Deputy Governor and Boundary Committee Chairman, engaged my Ebonyi counterpart and we both investigated the wretched incident. Our findings didn’t improve the claim that Agila folks both straight away attacked or masterminded the attack on Umuogodo-Akpu of Ebonyi Whine.
I agree with that it’s now pertinent to inquire of the Governor of Ebonyi Whine to invent on hand all evidences, if any, of Agila’s involvement in the sald attack. Otherwise we in Benue will have not got any preference nonetheless to build that the Govemor’s counterfeit claim amounts to inciting his folks against Agila folks and by extension Benue Whine. Moreso because the Governor in his press briefing after the Whine Safety meeting, introduced a cheque of N40m to Umuogodo-Akpu folks to settle the victims AND to allow them make a “Vigilante”!!
This, in our leer, is bad coming from the Governor of a Whine. We can attributable to this fact inquire of that Governor Umahi takes a second leer on the total saga in present to wisely address the wretched tournament.
Engr Benson Abounu
Benue Boundary Committee.