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Ebonyi/Benue Boundary Dispute: Couple Beheaded In Farm

The Ngbo and Agila inter-communal crisis has claimed two more lives following the murder of one Joseph Omah, and his wife, Angelina.

They were reportedly shot dead at Ngbo community in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State last weekend by unidentified gunmen.

The people of the area and their neighbours of Agila in Benue State have been at war for years over boundary matters with many killed and property worth millions of naira, destroyed.

Until the killing at the weekend, the two communities had enjoyed relative peace following a peace meeting midwifed by the two state governments three years ago.

However, the people returned to the trenches with the murder of the Omahs. The couple was killed in their farm located at the boundary area between the two states.

The assailants also cut off Joseph’s head. There has been rising tension in the two warring communities following the renewed violence.

A witness, Sunday Onwe, said that he was in his farm when he heard gunshots and when he approached the scene, he saw the decapitated body of Joseph aka Ode Nwaoma and that of his wife.

He added that preliminary investigations conducted by the people of the community showed that the attackers were recruited in Agila by a factional community leader who was hell-bent on creating disaffection between the two communities.

Onwe called on the state government to intervene in the matter to prevent the matter from degenerating into clashes.