Five persons from Mgbo in Ebonyi local government area of Ebonyi State have been killed allegedly by their neighboring Agila people of Benue State.
The killings, it was gathered, took place on Tuesday night when the people of Agila allegedly invaded two villages in Mgbo.
The two border communities have been embroiled in a bitter land tussle spanning decades with many people killed.
Gernor David Umahi who visited the scene of the incident on Wednesday expressed shock over the killings.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Kelechi Igwe, the governor also paid a condolence visit to families of the affected persons at Ekwashi and Ukwagba communities.
He condemned the ‘flagrant disregard’ to peace agreements entered into by the governments of both states.
According to him, Ebonyi people have suffered incessant attacks from their neighbors in the recent times and appealed to the federal government to intervene before the people would resort to self defence.
Mr Umahi also appealed to the people to remain calm and law abiding, assuring that government would ensure permanent resolution of the crisis.