Residents of Amaeze in Ishiagu community, Ivo Local Government Area, Ebonyi State, were terrified on Monday after three people were killed in the area.
The deceased were farmboys who were discovered dead in their fields.
Mr. Monday Okorie, the chairman of the Amaeze Community Development Union, confirmed the incident to reporters in Abakiliki on Monday.
Women who went to the farm and discovered the bodies of the deceased, according to Okorie, broke the news about the indigenes’ gruesome murders.
He went on to say that details about the incident are still sketchy, but that it has been reported to the police for further investigation.
Their bodies were discovered at ‘Uzohu,’ a border between Ishiagu and Lokpa communities in Abia State, according to him.
Two of the victims were Amaeze residents, while the third was an Ihietutu community resident in Amaeze, according to Okorie.
“Some community women who were going to their farms early this morning alerted me to the discovery of three bodies at farmland on the border between our community and Lokpa community in Abia State.”
“I immediately contacted the Nigerian Police’s Ivo Division and mobilized our youths, who went with the police to recover the bodies.”
“For the time being, we are unable to determine the true cause, motive, or perpetrators of the murders of our vibrant youths.
“And the deaths of these three young people came as a shock to the community, causing fear and panic.”
“Within the scope of the law, we will do everything possible to expose the actors,” he said.
Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer, Ebonyi State Police Command, could not be reached for comment.
However, a senior police officer with the Nigerian Police Force’s Ivo Division, who did not want his name published, confirmed the incident.
“We received a distress call from the chairman of the Amaeze community, reporting the discovery of three new dead bodies on farmland near the Amaeze-Lokpa community border.
“The Divisional Police Officer dispatched officers to the crime scene and recovered the three bodies, which were taken to an Isiagu morgue,” the source said.