By Odey Ojeka
A young man simply identified as Yibala Ibiang Ubi, age 24 has been killed yesterday night (Friday) in Ugep, Yakurr LGA of Cross River State.
The deceased CrossRiverWatch investigation revealed is from Utom Ijiman. An eye witness, Mr. Eno Utre told CrossRiverWatch that “We were at the night vigil of late Chief Omini Mbodo of Lepankom, Ijiman, Ugep before this incident occurred.
“A young man popularly called Alpasino had a misunderstanding with the son of Ubi Rocky (Bling Bling), a driver of Obol Lopon of Ugep and Paramount Ruler of Yakurr which resulted to Alpasino smashing bottle on his head. After that Alpasino ran to Lebulibulikom in same Ijiman.
“When Ubi Rocky heard of what happened, immediately mobilised boys including one of his brother (Openi).
“They met Alpasino in Lebulibulikom who was in company of his friends, Yibala Ibiang Ubi and others begged Blind Bling’s father, Mr. Ubi Rocky to forgive Alpasino and they should settle their misunderstanding in their youth meeting since they are from same unit. But unfortunately Mr. Ubi Rocky younger brother carrried a dagger and stabbed Yibala Ibiang Ubi who died shortly after.” He added.
Today (Saturday) morning, the deceased family CrossRiverWatch learnt launched a manhunt for Mr. Ubi Rocky and his brother Openi to avenge Yibala Ibiang Ubi’s death.
When Daily Post contacted the Paramount Ruler of Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, His Royal Majesty, Obol Ofem Ubana Eteng on phone on Saturday, he confirmed the incident.
“It is not my not driver that stabbed somebody to death. There was a vigil; you know that the Government has banned the gathering of people because of COVID-19.
“So vigil has been banned in Ugep, I don’t know who organised this vigil that brought about this problem in my area. However, we have handed some persons suspected to have organised it to the Police because it was against Government protocol of COVID-19.
“We have tried our best to bring in peace because the tension was high in the area today. The son of my driver had the problem, not my driver and he is receiving treatment at the General Hospital,” he stated.
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