by crossriverwatch admin
Following the protracted claims and counter claims over the ownership of a parcel of land between the people of Usumutong and Ediba of Abi Local Government Area which lies along their common border that recently resulted in inter communal strife, the Cross River State Government has ordered the take-over of the ownership of the disputed land.
Addressing Traditional Rulers, Chiefs and Youths in Usumutong and later Ediba, the State Deputy Governor, Mr. Efiok Cobham warned the warring communities to steer clear of the disputed land so as not to further incur the wrath of the Government.
He said military men have been deployed to keep watch over the land and warned the people not to do anything that would provoke the Military men nor take laws into their hands. “Rather you should cooperate with government by giving useful information to the law enforcement agencies to help them track-down the perpetrators of violence”. Efiok Cobham admonished.
He also warned youths in the area not to allow themselves to be used as cannon fodders by elites to foment trouble, blaming the cause of the protracted crisis on elites, elders and lack of cohesive leadership in both communities to broker peace, law and order in the area.
“Everyone should embrace peace to give way to progress and development, learn to forgive one and another, and to co-exist and accommodate each other”.
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