Gunmen suspected to be herdsmen on Sunday attacked some Ebonyi communities, killing at least 30 persons.
The gunmen attacked Odoke, Ndiobasi and Obakotara communities in Ebonyi local government area.
Sources in the area said the gunmen struck the three communities around 3am on Sunday morning.
The communities share boundary with Ado local government area in Benue State.
A resident in the area, Uchenna Okpokwu said the herdsmen invaded with guns and machetes.
â€œThey came into Ndiobasi village and started slaughtering the people. After slaughtering them, they entered Odoke, from that Odoke, they went to Obaptaâ€.
â€œCurrently, people that were slaughtered in Ndiobasi are up to 30 according to the video clips on the incident but Odoke and Obapta are very far and nobody was able to entered those two villages to capture those that were killed.
â€œWhen I received call from one of my villagers over the attack, he told me that the herdsmen are currently at Ojaba forest and that place is their hideout because there is no other way for them to escape.
â€œThe herdsmen are currently in that forest as at the time I was called on phoneâ€
â€œI was told our local government Chairman went with some security men but couldnâ€™t get to the affected villages. If there is a way security agents will be sent to the affected villages, it will be good.
â€œCurrently, I have been trying to reach my family members on phone but their lines are not through and all of them are in the village,â€ he said.
Another resident, Onyibe Jeremiah lamented no action was taken to protect the communities despite earlier warnings of thw herdsmen impending attacks.
HÃ© said: â€œOne young man from Enugu state that saw the herdsmen when they were coming into the Ebonyi villages made the voice call that went viral to alert the state but it appears that it was ignored which was why these attacks were recorded despite the alert.
â€œNobody took that voice serious and the herdsmen came and killed not less than 30 people now. They are currently attacking more villagesâ€
The Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) confirmed two children were killed while being taken to the hospital for treatment.
It said it has scrambled a team to the area to help in treatment and evacuation of victims.
â€œTerrible scenes at Ohagelode Health Center this morning. An attack on an Izzi village inside Benue State, allegedly by herdsmen, resulted in many casualties.
â€œMany were carried all the way to Ohagelode Health Center. The Uloanwu Ambulance was called and eleven 11 personâ€™s, six adults and five children, were transported to AEFUTHA in Abakaliki.
â€œSadly two children already died after reaching AEFUTHA. An AMURT team of doctors, lead by Dr. Omogo, the MD of AMURT has rushed to Ohagelode. We are trying to support the wounded carried to AEFUTHA, the statement by AMURT West Africaâ€, the statement said.