by crossriverwatch admin
Communal conflict is brewing between the neighboring communities of Ugep and Ekori in Yakurr local government Area of Cross River State following the killing of a Yakurr man by persons suspected to be from Ekori.
Sources said an Ugep man, George Stephen Bassey was abducted on Monday, 16th of September by some persons and taken to Ekori and robbed of his motorcycle and was killed in the process. “His body was found abandoned in an uncompleted building while the thieves had taken away his motorcycle”.
The discovery of the dead body in Ekori allegedly sparked trouble in Ugep with the people mobilizing to engage the Ekori people in communal warfare the next day, Tuesday which caused several Ekori people to flee their homes.
Mr. Rekpene Bassey, the State Security Adviser told CrossRiverWatch that it was “An isolated case of stealing and in such cases when the victim dies, tension would be generated amongst the family of the person and that was what happened here.”
He said one person has been arrested in connection with the case while the police are on the trail of others.
“Meanwhile, the police and other security agencies have been deployed in the area to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order; and the tension generated by the incident has died down significantly”.
Mr. Hogan Bassey, the spokesman for the Cross River State police Command said he was yet to be briefed on the issue. “Please call me later, I have not been briefed yet on the issue” he said.
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