A clash between farmers and herdsmen in Akaeze, Ivo local government area of Ebonyi State yesterday left four persons from both sides seriously injured.
While three herdsmen where left with serious head injuries, one of the farmers received machete cuts on various parts of his body.
The farmer who sustained machete cut wounds, is receiving treatment at the Emergency Ward of Federal Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (FETHA) while the injured herdsmen are receiving treatment at a hospital in Awgu, Enugu State.
Reports say residents of the community have fled for fear of reprisal attack. It was gathered that herdsmen from Mpu in Enugu invaded farmlands in Akaeze and destroyed farm crops, which angered one of the farmers that was butchered, because he confronted them.
The incident forced the state governor, David Umahi, to ban grazing in the entire Ivo local government area until investigation into the matter was concluded. Umahi who summoned an emergency security meeting with security chiefs in the state, leaders of herdsmen, local government chairmen and stakeholders in Ivo local council, set up a 10-man committee to investigate the attacks.