A 15-year-old Junior Secondary School student of Government Secondary School, GSS Agila Edwin Aboh, has been left battling for his life after he was yesterday shot in the head by unknown assailants.
The communal conflict between Ngwo people of Ebonyi State and the Agilas in Ado local government area of Benue state has made the area unsafe for indigenes of the communities and Aboh was yesterday’s victim as he was shot on his way to school by his attackers who were suspected to be mercenaries from Ngwo.
The student who was badly wounded and said to be in critical condition is presently receiving treatment at the Igumale General Hospital, headquarters of Ado local government council.
“All I can tell you at the moment is that he is at the intensive care unit of the Igumale General hospital and he is in a critical condition,” a source said.
The people of Agila and their neigbouring Ngwo community in Ebonyi state have in the past years been locked in a bloody battle over a disputed parcel of land which has claimed several lives with property worth millions of Naira also destroyed.
Police Area Commander in charge of Otukpo, Mr Samuel Dra-Koji while speaking with newsmen at Otukpo on the incident urged the residents of Ado local government to form vigilante groups which he said would assist them handle security matters more effectively.
According to Mr Dra-Koji, as much as he regretted the incident, the formation of vigilante groups would enable the people identify strange faces in their community and thereby forestall such attacks. He assured them that the police would get to the root of the matter and bring the culprits to justice.