By Odey Ojeka
The head of the Gangster group, ‘Klans Konfraternity’ in Ugep community of Yakurr local government area popularly referred to as ‘Jimpere’ has been excommunicated by the monarchs of the kingdom.
Jimpere is said to have caused the death of a Senior Secondary Class Two student of Dr. Okoi Arikpo Memorial Secondary School who was allegedly shot dead earlier this week by members of the Klans Konfraternity in Egbizum, Ugep.
The excommunication of Mr. Jimpere was one of several resolutions reached at an enlarged meeting convened by the Obol Lopon of Ugep, Obol Ofem Ubana which had representatives of the youths and security agencies in attendance.
The monarchs also resolved that anyone who spilled blood will also be killed.
Furthermore, they agreed that anyone caught with a gun will be handed over to the security agencies even as they banned all forms of get-togethers by armed gangs.
A curfew was also placed with movement restricted from 12 midnight while they called on the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution, Chief Okoi Obono-Obla to withdraw the list of names he gave security agencies to arrest following allegations that his life was threatened and after an attack on him at Ijom community during the elections day.
Obla, represented by a retired Customs Officer, Chief Eno Ndidi expressed his displeasure over the death of an undergraduate and blamed the postponement of a titling ceremony on the insecurities.
No fewer than four lost their lives between March 9th and 11th, 2019 in Ugep with some attributing it to pre and post electoral violence.
It will be recalled that CrossRiverWatch had reported that a boy had killed his mother on elections day.
Barely 24 hours later on Sunday, a final year Business Education student of the Cross River University of Technology, Mr. Williams Ekpi Ebri also know as ‘gentility’ was gunned down at about 11:00PM by armed men.
One Mr. Emmanuel Onen who is said to have misfired while trying to pull his gun from it’s holster to shoot in the air with the bullet hitting Mr. Williams who was the only child of his parents is said to be on the run.
Mr. Onen, a native of Otalose, Ijiman, UGEP was said to be returning from the residence of Mr. Obla alongside friends from Ijiman, Ugep who had mobilised to his residence following a Facebook post that claimed an attack was pending.
“Militants and Cultists deployed to Ugep Yakurr Local Government Area under the supervision of an appointee of the PDP Government of Cross River State are preparing to attack my house in Ugep,” Obla had written on Facebook.
“An information came to Ijiman that an Ayade aide from Ijom has sent cultists to Ijiman to destroy Barrister Okoi Obono-Obla’s house.When some Ijiman boys heard this information, they immediately mobilised them with guns and matchets to Barrister Okoi Obono-Obla’s house to protect the house,” a resident who simply gave his name as Eteng, told CrossRiverWatch.
“After they waited for long without seeing the expected cultists, they left Barrister Okoi Obono’s house to Lebolikom Ijiman Ugep, shooting guns in the air. One of them by name Emmanuel Onen was trying to remove his own gun from his bag to shoot on the air also, he mistakenly shot Williams dead on his face,” he added.
Onen was arrested 24 hours later in Aba-Omege in neighboring Ebonyi State while the remains of Mr. Williams have since been evacuated by the Police and deposited at the morgue at General Hospital, Ugep.
Meanwhile, in a related development, a member of the Supreme Vikings Confraternity known as ‘faceless’ was shot dead in Idomi community.
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