Ebonyi Communal War: Military Gun Down Hired Fulani Mercenary

The insecurity in Nigeria may have elevated to a mere storm in a tea cup to a real storm beyond a flash in pan. The ongoing crisis in the south eastern State of Ebonyi may have reached the point of no return. This is judging by new information recently made available to Akelicious by a consortium of sources within Ebonyi State which indicate the crisis has taken a new turn following the weighty discovery made by the army stationed at Effium as they repelled an attack by would-be attackers at a village near Effium called Inikiri Bernard.

On, February 17, 2021 in the morning at about 6:30am – while repelling an attack on a village by name – Inikiri Bernard – the home of the Chief Justice of Ebonyi State -the military engaged the attackers who had laid ambush against the military. Amidst the exchange of fire, the military dropped on the attackers. The gunned down attacker turned out to be a Fulani youth armed with AK47 and charms.

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“Fulani was even among the machineries brought by the Uffiomites to fight Ezzas because one was killed today by soldiers at Inikiri Bernard when they went for an attack.” – lamented a source from the government house.

The bloodletting in Ebonyi State which started January 22, 2021 as mere political clash over control of geographical tuff, quickly morphed into ethnic and/or communal clash between the folks from Effium [Uffiomites] and the Ezza folks – and moved from the urban areas into the rural areas where it is presently wreaking havoc, untold bloodshed, destruction of homes and properties.

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These are arrest made so far by the police in the Urban areas but the warriors of Uffiom now move to the villages and continue the killing and burning of houses.

The Governor of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi – in his efforts to quell the crisis – reacted to arrest all the stakeholders in the communities where the clash is said to have occurred. He called for the assistance of the Nigerian military. Between the January 22 and January 25, 2021 – the violent activities were quelled in the urban areas of the Effium environs. A loose fitted peace agreement was reached by the stakeholders. Governor Umahi ordered the community stakeholders to tell their youths to stop all violent activities and allow peace to reign.

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Unfortunately, within days of the supposed peace agreement, the bloodletting resumed and worsened.

According to a soldier at the field, the youths of Effium took to the communities dominated by the Ezza people to begin burning of homes, killing of Ezza youths and abduction. On Saturday 13th of February 2021, the village of Ugoeze was attacked at 7am by youths of Effium. They attacked ten [10] compounds, burning thirty five [35] houses, killing two [2] men and abducting two [2] men. Later on the same Saturday, at 7pm, the same youths attacked another village, Azuogbee. At Azuogbee, they were repelled by community youths with the help of military personnel stationed nearby at Effium Urban.

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