Three villagers and a herdsman have died during a clash that took place in Onunwakpu community of Izzi Local Government Area of the state. Loveth Odah, an assistant commissioner of police and spokesperson for the command, told the News Agency of Nigeria.
Odah said troubled began when a native visited his farm and saw a herd of cattle feeding on the crops he had planted therein.
“We cannot ascertain what transpired between him and the herdsmen, but his shouts attracted fellow villagers who rushed to the scene to discover that his two hands had been severed”, said Odah.
“The ensuing altercation grew in intensity and security agencies immediately intervened to bring to normal the clash which also left many persons wounded.
“One of the herdsmen has been arrested by army personnel, and we assure the public that modalities would be put in place to ensure that such occurrence does not repeat itself.
“We call on members of the public not to panic over the incident and advise them not to engage herdsmen in physical fights but instead report disagreements to security agencies,” Odah added.
The state Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi had recently banned cows from feeding on farmlands in the state.
He had also announced that various forms of punishments await farmers and herdsmen who cause trouble in the state.