By Odey Ojeka
Ekpeti, Assiga and Nko communities of Yakurr local government areas have been drawn into the war between Inyima and Onyadama communities in Yakurr and Obubra local government areas respectively.
This is even as the Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana has declared that one Mr. Ojei Ojei who went to Obubra to write examinations is missing.
CrossRiverWatch had reported that Inyima community was planning a reprisal after Onyadama community attacked on Friday morning.
And, by Friday afternoon, the Inyima community attacked neighboring Ekpeti community for allegedly allowing the Onyodama people use their land as access to attack them.
“The reason they first attacked the Ekpeti community instead of the Onyadama community is because the Ekpeti who are supposed to be our brothers always allowed the Onyadama community to pass in their village to attack. That shows they don’t love us,” a native of Inyima (names withheld) told CrossRiverWatch.
Buildings and properties were razed in the attack which saw Ekpeti people flee to neighboring Assiga community.
The Assiga people then mobilized and attacked Inyima community CrossRiverWatch gathered.
This angered the Nko community which then rose up in defense of the Inyima people and attacked both Ekpeti and Assiga communities.
All happened between Friday afternoon till the early hours of Saturday morning CrossRiverWatch gathered.
And, Obol Ofem while addressing his kinsmen in Ugep said that the Assiga community visited him at about 8:00PM on Friday evening to inform him that Nko and Inyima communities were attacking them.
“They even mention one of our son who is supporting them to fight the Assiga people,” he said, adding that: “Traditionally, Ugep and Assiga people don’t always shed their blood, we are brothers. Any of our son who went to war we did not send him, and if he dies,died of his foolishness.”
The traditional ruler also announced the disappearance of Mr. Ojei whose phone, he said has been switched off.
He sued for patience and said he will report the matter to the police.
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