By Odey Ojeka
Information reaching CrossRiverWatch suggests that there is renewed hostilities between Inyima community in Yakurr local government area and Onyadama community of Obubra local government areas in central Cross River State.
A resident of Inyima told CrossRiverWatch that the Onyadama people attacked them at about 4:00AM on Friday morning with about five people feared dead.
“Our community was invaded today morning around 4:00AM by the Onyadama people and many of our people are feared death while their houses were destroyed,” Mr. James Patrick said.
He added that: “I ran for my safety because the Onyadama are still currently attacking my community because it was a surprise attack.”
The crisis is over a piece of farmland CrossRiverWatch gathered. And, the State Security Adviser, Mr. Jude Ngaji had described the disputed land as “very small and cannot even accommodate many people, as only a few cassava can be harvested from there,” in a re-conciliatory meeting at his office in 2016.
Also, the Calabar – Ikom federal highway is currently blocked at the Inyima and Onyodama axis.
A trader who was travelling to Obubra told CrossRiverWatch on phone that: “The Onyadama people stopped our vehicle, when they discovered we are strangers and few Ugep business women were in the car, they told the driver to take us back and so we went back to Ugep.”
This reporter is currently stucked in Nko and unconfirmed information suggests that the Inyima people are planning for reprisal attack.
Both communities are said to share the same cultural heritage.
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