Ebonyi State Authorities, on Thursday, debunked allegations on social media that herdsmen had been concerned within the killing of a younger girl within the Onicha Native Authorities Space of the state.
The physique of the younger girl, mentioned to hail from Amaporo village, was discovered alongside a bush path between Agbebor, Isu and Onicha-Igboeze communities on Wednesday.
The scenario triggered pressure within the space because the youths raised a search get together to hunt for the killers.
Nevertheless, their efforts weren’t profitable because the killers had been mentioned to have allegedly escaped.
Footage of the slain girl quickly flooded the social media with unconfirmed allegations that herdsmen had been accountable for the assaults.
Within the photos, the sufferer could possibly be seen mendacity lifeless on a pile of firewood along with her throat slit.
Nevertheless, the state authorities in an announcement by the Commissioner for Data, Uchenna Orji mentioned there was no proof to this point to hyperlink the homicide to herdsmen including that there have been no herdsmen residing within the space.
He mentioned the sufferer was believed to have been attacked by felony components within the space whereas she was getting back from a neighbouring village.
Orji mentioned, “Our consideration has been drawn to a trending social media put up over a younger lady discovered lifeless in a village in Onicha Native Authorities Space of Ebonyi State and the impressions created over the circumstances of her demise.
“Whereas the state authorities condemns the ugly incident as unacceptable brutal homicide of an harmless citizen by heartless criminals, it’s crucial to notice that opposite to the claims circulating in social media that Fulani herders had been accountable for her ugly homicide, the group has not seen something linking her demise with the Fulani herdsmen, moreso there is no such thing as a herders’ camp within the space”
“The unlucky incident is the handiwork of yet-to-be-identified criminals who attacked and killed the deceased on her approach, by way of a monitor highway, again from the place she went to course of cassava at Agbegbor village in Isu group, Onicha Native Authorities Space.
“The group along with the safety companies has declared manhunt on the perpetrators. The State Authorities sends its condolences to the sufferer’s household and assures them that authorities won’t go away any stone unturned in unmasking the killers of the younger lady,” the commissioner mentioned.
In the meantime, the Ebonyi Command of the Nigeria Police Drive, on Thursday, confirmed the incident.
In accordance with the Command’s spokesperson, SP Chris Anyanwu, the woman’s underwear was lacking elevating suspicion by the villagers that she was raped earlier than being killed.
“We’ve commenced investigation into the incident. Individuals are alleging that she was raped as a result of they couldn’t discover her underwear”
“However solely a forensic evaluation can reveal if something like that occurred,” he mentioned.