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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ten Confirmed Dead as Cross River And Akwa Ibom Clash

Nothing less than Ten persons have been killed in community clash between the people of Ikot Offiong in Odukpani local government area of Cross River State and Oku Iboku in Itu local government area of Akwa Ibom State.

Report confirmed that the renewed clash started on Sunday over a piece of land suspected to have oil deposit.
Speaking to newsmen, Chief Stephen Nya, an elder statesman in Ikot Offiong said, “The crisis is driven by the quest of Oku Iboku people to own Okposong Rivers because they want the forest reserve located on that stretch, along with the oil deposits.
“But Oku Iboku people are demanding that Ikot Offiong people should pay them royalty before fishing in the river that serves as a boundary between the two sister states”.
“The Ikot Offiong people have resumed another attack where so many people, especially farmers and fishermen who went in search of their means of livelihood were just murdered for nothing while some sustained gun and machete cut and escaped to the village,” 
The clash has threatened the corporate existence of other neighbouring communities, including Ubambat Okoyong, Ikoneto, Usung Esuk, Akpatre Efa, Ikot Akpan, Okurikang, Akpap Okoyong in Odukpani.
The Cross River State Police Public Relation Officer, ASP Irene Ugbo said on Wednesday that the command had dispatched team of security men to the area and that peace was on the way of being restored.
“The security men have been put in place to carry out thorough investigation and safety of the people in the affected areas”.


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