Ngbo is a community in Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state. It consists of numerous communities like Ukpo, Okporchiri etc. It has some features that attract some other communities within and beyond Ebonyi state. The popular Ngbo market is among the oldest markets in Ebonyi state. This naturally makes it strategic, and consequently, the attraction of different peoples, for trading.

Suddenly, in the months of August and September, 2019, crisis began to brew between the people and some Benue communities. This resulted in the invasion of Ngbo communities by some Benue communities, which led to the killing of over one hundred (100) Ngbo people.

When speaking with some journalists, some indigenous people of Ngbo shared their views concerning the whole matter. It might be necessary to reproduce the interview had with some indigenes of the community, with regards to the fracas at Ngbo.

Interviewer: Good afternoon Sir. Please, what is your name? And where are you from?

Ugochukwu: My name is Ugochukwu Ihedi, from Ngbo community.

Interviewer: What is the major cause of this painful tragedy?

Ugochukwu: Eh! The main cause of this massacre is land dispute between our people and the people of Benue community. Over one hundred (100) people! This mayhem is much.

Interviewer: Do you think that someone's hand is behind this atrocious act?

Ugochukwu: Yes. Our chairman's hand is 100% behind this act.

Interviewer: What! Do you mean the chairman of your people have hand in this injudicious act?

Ugochukwu: Sure, because of his hatred for the people of Ngbo.

Interviewer: Ok, since this whole incident, what has Governor Dave Umahi led government done to prevent further crisis?

Ugochukwu: Our Governor has done nothing about it.

Interviewer: Is there anything that can be done to prevent further attacks?

Ugochukwu: Yes. If the chairman is removed from office, there will be changes.

Then, more evidence and opinions from another indigenous person.

Interviewer: Good day Sir. Please, what is your name? And where are you from?

Igwe: My name is Igwe Onyebuchi, from Ngbo community.

Interviewer: What do you have to tell the world about the sudden invasion of your community that resulted in the killing of over one hundred persons?

Igwe: Actually, there has been land and ethnic dispute between our people and the people of Aghala community in Ado local government area of Benue state. On the 7th of September, 2019, the Aghala youths attacked our youths. This took the life of over hundred men of us.

Interviewer: Why didn't Ngbo people retaliate against the killing of their youths?

Igwe: We didn't fight back because the communities in question have common historical heritage.

Interviewer: Because of this act, how do you people cope?

Igwe: My brother, since the incident, there has not been free flow of activities among the various communities.

Interviewer: What do you people intend doing, since everyone you called upon is turning a deaf ear?

Igwe: This is not the first time this type of thing is happening. After calling the government they will turn deaf ears. That is why we are agitating for Biafra restoration.

Interviewer: You said this with a lot of confidence, why do you think that Biafra will bring to an end to all problems?

Igwe: I’m pretty sure. Because, when the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu visited Ebonyi state in 2017, the crowd that followed the young man was more than humanity could imagine. If he is not a truthful man, such crowd cannot move with him. Even the former President of Nigeria, President Buhari when he was alive, could not go with such crowd.

Interviewer: You have just brought us to another significant point. Do you mean that the President of Nigeria is dead?

Igwe: Everybody knows that. Any person who claims not to know that open-secret is either mentally unbalanced, or psychiatrically challenged.

Interviewer: Since the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is away for some time now, how do you people get on in issues with him?

Igwe: We listen to him via Radio Biafra. But we are still having some issues.

Interviewer: What type of issue?

Igwe: The reach of Radio Biafra to the people. We only hear it clear outside Ohaukwu local government area.

Interviewer: Is there any other problem you people are facing?

Igwe: Yes, Fulani herdsmen have been terrorizing our community.

Interviewer: If you recall, this is not the first time this incident is happening in this community, as an elder man, what might be the root cause?

Igwe: The root cause of this problem is this: The malicious deceit and mischief the white men planted in some of our people during the colonial era 1920s account greatly for these unending clashes. The invading colonialists, in the pursuit of their divide and rule strategy, told our people on the two sides of the divide, that we are not one people. Another thing is that: Yakubu Gowon, in 1970, after the genocidal war on the people of Biafra vowed that Biafra will not exist again. To ensure the institution of permanent enmity among our people on the two sides of the divide, started a campaign of calumny, to reinforce the division and the damage already done by state creation.

The people of lower Benue and our people are one. We bear the same name, title, etc. We also jointly own the same market. We are asking the world body to ask Nigeria to let us go, that marriage is not by force. We are certain that our God, CHUKWU OKIKE Abiama, will do it for us.

Written by:
Iheukwumere Amaechila
For: Ebonyi State Media

Edited by:
Oby Mboma
For: Ebonyi State Media

Published by:
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Ebonyi State Media

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