Renewed Violence Threatens Usumutong/Ediba Ceasefire

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The Ediba man whose ear was severed by Usumutong people. Photo Credit -
The Ediba man whose ear was severed by Usumutong people. Photo Credit –

Barely over a month after a ceasefire was signed by warring neighbors, Ediba/Usumutong, in Abi Local Government, renewed violence is threatening the agreement and the communities may return to war.

Chairman of Abi Local Government Council Hon. Edith Amadi had expressed excitement over the signing of a ceasefire treaty by the agitated communities on Monday, August 4, 2014.

The agreement which was signed at the Palace of the, Paramount Ruler of Yakurr LGA, Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ubi Ujong Inah required both communities to desist from any action capable of jeopardizing the peace process already instituted by the Yakurr monarch.

But reports reaching CrossRiverWatch from Abi indicate that tension is building up again between the two neighbors.

A reliable source in the Abi LGA Exco who did not want to be named told CrossRiverWatch that “Over the weekend, against the spirit of the peace accord that was signed in the Palace of respected Paramount Ruler of Yakurr LGA, Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ubi Ujong Inah, we have reports that an Ediba man was attacked by the Usumutong people and one of his ear was chopped off while another Ediba man was abducted by the Usumutong people and he is still missing.

“This is clearly a breach of the agreement that was signed in Ugep. The Ugep Accord clearly prohibited both sides from any action that could lead to further break down of law and order. Hopefully, the exco will meet tomorrow and there will be a resolution on the matter’” our source said.

When CrossRiverWatch contacted the State Security Adviser, Mr. Rekpene Bassey who is also from Abi LGA, he confirmed that there was an incident between the two communities over the weekend that authorities are still investigating and he will not want to comment on the matter in the media yet.

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