Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has condemned the attack on some communities in Ishielu Local Government Area of the state by suspected gunmen.
The attack took place on Monday night in Nkalaha, Obegu, Amazu, Nkalagu and Umuhuali Autonomous Communities.
At least 15 persons were reportedly killed during the attack, allegedly carried out by herders.
Houses, vehicles, motorcycles were razed down in a midnight raid as eyewitness said the perpetrators and their collaborators disappeared after the attack.
Umahi visited the communities on Tuesday to commiserate with the bereaved families and also ascertain the level of damage by the assailants.
Addressing the people, he expressed sadness over the gruesome attack.
He charged all the security agencies in the state to go after the perpetrators in order to bring them to justice.
Umahi said: “I got very shocking news this afternoon about the attack on about four communities in the state.
“We feel so sad that this kind of thing should happen in Ebonyi.
“We feel so worried for our country Nigeria and we are short of words.
“We condemn this attack because it is capable of causing very serious killings, if allowed to continue this way.”
Umahi appealed to the communities to remain calm and shun reprisal.
He assured that the perpetrators will surely be identified and made to pay for their heinous crimes even as they had left the communities.