By Jonathan Ugbal
Information reaching CrossRiverWatch newsroom suggests that there is currently a face off between natives of Igwo community in Obudu local government area and the 75 Mopol Squadron of the Nigerian Police Force.
CrossRiverWatch gathered that the policemen mobilized earlier in the day and effected a massive arrest of youths in Igwo community over the events of March 1, 2020 which led to the death of a Chief and the razing of a building belonging to the Clan Head, Spokesman Agogo following controversies in the alleged payments of compensation for plots of land the state government has claimed for the construction of a cargo airport.
The women are said to have mobilized and protested with leaves to the Mega Hilton hotel where the policemen are camped.
The hotel belongs to Cross River Governor, Benedict Ayade.
And, the policemen are said to have resorted to shooting in the air and chasing the women and others. As at press time, the shooting continued with the women pushed about 100 meters back towards the Obudu commercial cyclist park.
When contacted, the state police command spokeswoman, DSP Irene Ugbo said she was unaware of the protests but acknowledged that the policemen had gone to arrest some suspects for questioning over the events of March 1.
As at the time of filing this report, it was unclear why they police is rearresting suspects after five were transferred to Calabar in early March for questioning over the same matter.
Ugbo had told PUNCH on March 2, after the unrest that: “The situation is calm now. We arrested some suspects. One person was killed and some houses were burnt. The people that perpetrated the act have been arrested. Five of them were arrested and brought to Calabar.”