Breaking: Soldiers Raid Nko, Kill Two, Many Injured In Age-Long Communal Crisis

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By Patrick Obia

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Information reaching our newsroom has it that soldiers of the Nigerian Army have raided Nko community in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State, killing two and injuring many others.

The soldiers were drafted from nearby Edor barracks in Ikom to quell the communal war between Nko and Onyadama yesterday, Saturday 25 June, 2022.

And, in the wee hours of Sunday, 12:am, the soldiers staged a raid – razing down buildings and firing live bullets at villagers, alleging that their personnel was killed by Nko youths.

On Sunday morning women of the community who only tied wrappers and green leaves staged a protest calling for an end to the raid, and the release of their sons arrested by the army.

A reliable source confidently told CrossRiverWatch that, the soldiers have taken over the community, the palace of the Village Head of Nko – Obol Effiom Ayomobi has been set ablaze as well as other buildings by the ravaging soldiers.

“After the raiding by the army men last night, normalcy returned but suddenly between 4-5pm this evening (Sunday), they appeared again and started shooting. Right now, every Nko man is in the bush, two have been shot dead. They claim Nko people shot their personnel.

“There is no single Nko man at home; everywhere is deserted and they keep burning houses here and there. One of the victims who they shot dead is Ebri Etta by name and he is about 37 years old. Also, the palace of the village head has been burnt and people are running to nearby villages – Mkpani and Ugep for refuge,” the source said.

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