Normalcy Returns To Ugep After Mob Violence Over Death Of Former Councilor

In Breaking News, National News, Reports

By Odey Ojeka

Obol Ofem Ubana - Obol Lopon of Ugep
Obol Ofem Ubana – Obol Lopon of Ugep

Violence broke out in Ugep, Yakurr Local Government, May 17, 2016 following the killing of a businessman in the community.

A CrossRiverWatch reporter account that at about 6am, 17th May 2016, a former councillor in Ikpakapit Ward in Ugep, Hon. Larry, who now deals in building materials was called by unknown persons to come to his shop and get some bags of cement they had brought for him to buy.

CrossRiverWatch gathered that when he got there, he was shot by the unknown gunmen and he died on the spot. Two suspects of Igbo extraction, who are fellow businessmen, were caught by community youths and taken to the Palace of the Obol Lopon of Ugep.

But some aggressive Ugep youths who claimed that the deceased was killed by some rival Igbo businessmen started destroying their shops, homes and vehicles in a mob violence that destroyed several properties worth millions of Naira.

Properties, vehicles and shops belonging to some Ugep businessmen who were accused of allegedly conniving with the Igbo traders to kill the former councillor were also touched in the mob violence that followed, with the major highway which passes through Ugep also shut down for hours due to the rampaging youths who had blocked the road brandishing cudgels, bottles and cutlasses.

Our reporter says, the Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana, tried to stop the youths from the mob action but the youths resisted and kept shouting and rampaging, insisting that they no longer want Igbo businessmen in the community.

One of the rampaging youths told our reporter that “if we catch them we will kill them to revenge our brother’s death.”

But the Police say some suspects have been arrested and normalcy has been restored to community.

Since You Are Here, Support Good Journalism

CrossRiverWatch was founded on the ideals of deploying tech tools to report in an ethical manner, news, views and analysis with a narrative that ensures transparency in governance, a good society and an accountable democracy.

Everyone appreciates good journalism but it costs a lot of money. Nonetheless, it cannot be sacrificed on the altar of news commercialisation.

Consider making a modest contribution to support CrossRiverWatch's journalism of credibility and integrity in order to ensure that all have continuous free access to our noble endeavor.


New Feature: Don't miss any of our news again.Get all our articles in your facebook chat box.Click the Facebook Messenger Icon below to subscribe now

Text Advert by CRWatch :Place Yours

Will You To Learn How To Make Millions Of Naira Making Special Creams From Your Kitchen?.Click Here

Expose Your Business And Make More Sales. Advertise On Today

You may also read!

#June12: Moment Ayade’s Police Punks Arrived CrossRiverWatch, Teargas And Arrest 4 In Calabar (VIDEO)

By CrossRiverWatch Admin This is a playback of CrossRiverWatch live stream which captures the moment masked Policemen believed to be


UPDATED: #June12 – Jalingo, James, Jonathan And Undie Granted Bail

By CrossRiverWatch Admin It has been confirmed that Citizen Agba Jalingo who publishes CrossRiverWatch, leading rights activists cum lawyer


BREAKING: Police Fires At Peaceful #June12 Protesters In Calabar, Whereabout Of Jalingo, James, Jonathan, Others Unknown

By CrossRiverWatch Admin Men of the Nigerian Police Force has forcefully dispersed peaceful #June12 protesters in Calabar. They protesters


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now