Communal Conflict Brew in Parts of Cross River

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by crossriverwatch admin

Adadama Police station destroyed by the Ikwo militants in the last crises.
Adadama Police station destroyed by the Ikwo militants in the last crises.

Internal hostility is brewing in Ofodua Clan in Obubra Council Area of Cross River over chieftaincy tussle prompting the drafting of armed mobile policemen to the area.

A police DSP who spoke with our reporter confirmed the death of three persons and the destruction of property including houses, lives stock, and farm crops worth millions of naira by combatants.

According to him, “I have not seen that kind of Communal clash. A lot of people have been killed, property destroyed”, adding that “it was only in the Nigeria Civil war that such wanton destruction occurred”.

Meanwhile the Adadama and their neighbouring Ikwo people of Ebonyi state have resumed their internecine crisis.

Scores of women and children were said to have fled the community, as the Ikwo warlords were said to have invaded their Cross River neighbors, attacking with heavy military weapons, killing and maiming residents again.

One Mrs. Agnes Egbona who escaped from the war, was seen dressed in a shorts with a blouse lamenting that the Ikwo people were about to extinct the Adadama Community, as she called on Government of both states to intervene.

She said, the only police post that was erected at boundary between the two states by Governor Liyel Imoke had been razed by the Ikwo fighters in the last crisis, as they had chased the policemen away before the present attack.

She lamented that the Soldiers deployed to the area to restore law and order, were not helping matters, as they have swooped on the farms, harvesting yams, plantains and other food crops for their meals to sustain them in the peace operation.

In her words, “my husband borrowed huge amount of money during the planting season, and all the yams have been harvested and eaten by security men because of this war. They are even killing our goats, chickens and dogs to eat”.

Mr. Ovat Igbong who also hails from Abi, said the Ikwo/Abi crisis predated the second Republic, as there have been intermittent faceoff with no end in sight to it.

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