By Odey Ojeka
The Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana has declared that only graduates with certificates of discharge from the National Youth Service Corps will be allowed to contest in the next youth elections in Ugep, Yakurr local government area of central Cross River.
The elections are billed for later in the year and the monarch declared this recently in a meeting with his kin where he commended the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Prosecution, Okoi Obono-obla for his contributions towards the fight against gangstarism in the community.
He vowed to punish one ‘Arikpo 007’ whom he referred to as a notorious gangstar and informed them of the peace pact signed by seven out of nine Yakurr communities recently.
He averred that: “Because of the recent crisis in Yakurr land, I called on other communities to discuss with them on how to live in peaceful coexistence among ourselves.
“We had a covenant that no Yakurr communities would fight themselves again.
“We carried stone, sand etcetera from the various communities that accepted the covenant. The grand finale was in Ekori.
“It was only Mkpani and Idomi communities that do not accept the covenant.”
He banned the wearing of the type of shorts popularly known as “Bomb or bum shorts” by Ugep girls and warned that they will be arrested if found.
Also, he dismissed rumors that Ugep was at war with neighboring Ekori and declared that Ugep will never fight a war again even as he expressed hope that the person who had spread the falsehood will be arrested.
“The person that made rumour that Ugep and Ekori were at war will be tracked through their cell phone.
“The person will be arrested. There was a rumor that an Ugep person killed an Ekori girl that was traveling.
“This made our people to run from Ekori market likewise their Ekori people were running from Ugep too.
“When I heard this, I immediately called Obol Lopon of Mkpani, and he confirmed that the girl that they said was been killed is in his palace. So, don’t be afraid, nobody is dead.
“Ugep would not fight war again. I will like to advice all cyclists running in the neighbouring communities not go alone with passengers, always be in twos or threes,” he said.