By John Ighodaro
CALABAR—Bodies of the victims of the Nsadop and Boje communal clash, were given a mass burial in Nsadop, Wednesday, amidst wailing from the womenfolk of the community.
The bodies, most of them bloated, were lowered into a mass grave, dug at the centre of the town by some of the remaining youths in Nsadop.
According to one of the surviving youths, who identified himself as Christopher, “the Boje people left the forest where the combat was and took a hidden route to our homes and began to destroy our houses. When we got wind of it and came out from the forest, they laid ambush on us and killed us like rats.”
Christopher said, the Boje combatants concentrated on the menfolk during the massacre and largely left the Nsadop women untouched.
According to him, “the Boje combatants only selected men and left the women in their massacre. Every male whether child, visitor, cripple or blind was hacked to death by the Boje people because they said they wanted to exterminate us from the face of Cross River map.”
Almost all the houses in Nsadop were razed, according Christopher.
“When they could not destroy the house of Mr Ogon Etta, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, they climbed the roof, created holes and poured fuel and set it ablaze,” he added.