Communal conflict claims 7 lives in Cross River state.

Inter communal conflict between
the people of Nko in Yakkur Local Government
Area and their neighbours in Oyadama in
Obubra local Government Area of Cross River
State started afresh last Thursday
A similar conflict, two years ago, claimed many
lives with property destroyed.
The fresh conflict, according to a reliable source,
started when an Nko man allegedly killed an
Oyadama woman in the farm following
misunderstanding over a parcel of farm land.
“The man killed the woman removed her
intestines and head because the two of them
were struggling over a piece of land,” the source
“The killing reportedly sparked the rage of the
Onyadama people who invaded Nko and killed
six people in retaliation, leading to full scale
communal conflict.
“The Calabar-Ikom highway was blocked for two
days until soldiers were brought in to the area,”
our source said.
When Vanguard visited the area, Saturday
afternoon, soldiers were seen manning check
points at strategic locations in the two
communities particularly on sections of the
Calabar- Ikom highway.
Mr Rekpene Bassey, the State Security Adviser,
said the primary concern of government was to
ensure peace and normalcy return to the area
and “as I speak to you we are making efforts to
ensure normalcy prevails in the area.”
However, Deputy Superintendent of Police, DSP,
John Umoh, spokesman of the Cross River State
Police Command said only one life was lost and
efforts were on with the assistance of the
traditional ruler of the area to arrest the culprit.

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