Cross River And Ebonyi Communities Defy Police Presence As Communal War Enters Sixth Day

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By CrossRiverWatch Admin

Despite anti riot police men patrolling Ukelle in Yala local government area of Cross River State and Izzi local government area of Ebonyi state, both communities have continued their war with injuries sustained on both sides.

The conflict is one of the several existing between communities in both states due to land issues.

It is unclear when the war began but hostilities resumed on Monday when a gun attack on a woman in the farm left her in a critical state.

She is currently receiving treatment at an undisclosed medical facility in Yahe a resident, Pat Ege told Vanguard.

Mr. Ege said the core trouble began on Wednesday when: “There was an attack on my village, Ijibolo when the Izzi people waylaid villagers who were returning from a meeting and many people sustained gunshot wounds.”

clash over land between the people of Ukele in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State and their Izzi neighbours in Ebonyi State, resumed on Wednesday, following an alleged gun attack on an Ukele village.

Meanwhile, federal lawmaker, Jarigbe Agom (PDP Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency) has chided Ebonyi state governor, Mr. Dave Umahi for not reciprocating the efforts made by his Cross River counterpart, Ben Ayade in quelling the crisis.

Mr. Agom took to Facebook to vent his frustration where he wrote: “The Ebonyi State Governor should emulate the Gov of CRS in handling the issue of Land dispute btn the IZZI Communities of Ebonyi and Mfuma Communities in CRS (sic).

“We are so impressed that before we could reach the Gov of CRS, he had aready deployed logistics for the Army to move in to the troubled area (sic).

“As member representing Ogoja/ Yala Fed Const , I wish to implore the Gov of Ebonyi State to step up his game in terms of Security in that area. He seems to be unperturbed, as our people get killed. Thanks to Gov Ayade for the proactive measures (sic).”

Mr. Umahi had alleged that Mr. Ayade was not reciprocating his effort while former minority leader of the seventh Cross River House of Assembly, Alex Irek had accused Mr. Ayade’s administration of negligence.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari had summoned both governors to a meeting over communal conflicts.

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