Akwa Ibom Community Seeks Reconciliation With Cross River As Herdsmen Sack 200 Families

In Breaking News, Business & Economy, National News, Reports

By Ushang Ewa

The Obot Itu community in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom state have begun moves to reconcile with the neighboring Obodio community in Odukpani local government area of Cross River State ahead of the final demarcation of the boundary between both communities and the federal government.

The Clan Head of Obot Itu, Chief Nyong Inyang made the appeal yesterday, while sensitizing the community where he that what his community wants was to continue to co-exist peacefully with the people of Obodio as they use to for many decades before the boundary tussle started and regretted that since 1914 when the crisis started, his community Obot Itu had suffered untold hardship as they were deprived of their means of livelihood, expressing the belief that the demarcation of the boundary will address the situation reports VANGUARD.

This comes one week after herdsmen attacked Mbiabong Ito community of Ito south clan in Odukpani local government area of southern Cross River State and sacked about 200 families after forcibly resisting the attempts by the villagers to deny them access to land for their large herds of cattle to graze.

An indigene, Effiong Asuquo, told VANGUARD that as gunshots rent the air, late Tuesday evening, the villagers had to run into the bush when it became apparent that the herdsmen had more sophisticated weapons.

“We had to hide inside the bush because the kind of guns the herdsmen were carrying were too sophisticated. To stay alive we had to scamper for safety and the best place was the bush,” he said.

A police source, who confirmed the incident, said it was quite unfortunate because a lot of people were injured in the process of running to safety.

His words: “You have to understand that it will take a while before I can authoritatively give you accurate information on the number of casualties and current situation in the area. Getting to the area is a challenge as you will have to either travel to Akwa Ibom first before linking up the place through the river in Itu.”

When contacted, police Public Relations Officer in the state, ASP Irene Ugbo confirmed the incident and said they were on top of the situation.

“We are aware of the matter and we are on top of the situation because there is no cause for alarm. No casualties have been recorded to the best of my knowledge and our men are already on ground as we speak,” she said.

The state is yet to react to this with the Governor, Senator Ben Ayade contemplating a controlled grazing law to checkmate the trend after a residents hand was chopped off in Ugaga community of Yala local government area of northern Cross River State.

Few days later, a resident stabbed a herdsman to death in Obanliku after a fight ensued between the duo.

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 CrossRiverWatch.com Today

You may also read!

Atycare Initiative Donate Educational Materials To 120 Pupils In Odukpani

By Patrick Obia Atycare Initiative, a non-profit organization in a bid to touch the lives of 1,000 pupils in


Ekpo Okon Returns To PDP

By CrossRiverWatch Admin Ntufam Ekpo Okon has returned to his former political party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP. Ntufam Ekpo


Civic Media Lab Train Journalists On Advanced Investigative Reporting In Calabar

By Patrick Obia Civic Media Lab (CML) has trained journalists in advanced investigative reporting in Calabar, the Cross River


Leave a reply:

Your email address will not be published.

Mobile Sliding Menu

Share this now