By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
CALABAR—THE age long communal conflict between Nko community in Yakurr Local Government Area and Oyadama community in Obubra Local Government Area, in Cross River State, over the ownership of a parcel of farmland, weekend, allegedly claimed the life of one Raymond Egbara, who reportedly is from Oyadama community.
The alleged kidnap and subsequent death of Egbara, was said to be a retaliation of the 2010 conflict between the two communities. Late Oyadama was said to have been kidnapped and killed by persons suspected to be from the other warring community.
According to an eye witness who pleaded anonymity, the victim and his son were, weekend, kidnapped by suspected Nko people fromn the farm but his son was later released.
The source said as a result of the disappearance of the man, the people of Oyadama sent an 11-man emissary to Nko to find out why their man was held by them, but the 11 persons were equally seized, which caused anxiety in the area.
It was gathered that the police intervention led to the release of the 11 persons but Egbara was unlucky as he was allegedly found dead.
The source said: “His mutilated body with his head hacked off was found on Friday and it is believed that the Oyadama people would retaliate, which may lead to full blown communal conflict.” He said a detachment of mobile policemen had been sent to put the situation under control.
Commenting on the development, Police Public Relations Officer for Cross River State Police Command, Mr. Hogan Bassey, said the matter was being handled by stakeholders from both communities, adding that peace had returned to the communities.
Bassey, who confirmed the death of one person and the release of the 11 kidnapped persons in the communal conflict, said the Police were on top of the situation to unravel the the reason for the conflict and those behind it.