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Women, children killed in Cross River

By Emma Una

CALABAR—SEVERAL  children, women and aged people were killed,  weekend, in Inyima village in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River following a communal conflict between the community and neighbouring Onyadama community in Obubra Local Government Area.

The conflict, which had been raging since Friday left many persons, particularly children,  women and the aged  killed while several  houses,  churches, farmlands were also  destroyed, rendering many people in the village of Inyima  homeless, forcing them to seek refuge in neighbouring Nko and Agoi villages.

Kieran Mfam, the Chairman of Obubra Local Government Council, told Vanguard that the conflict started “five days ago when a young man from Inyima, shot his Onyadma counterpart in the bush  over a piece of land,  luckily the man did not die, but what is going on now is a revenge action by the Onyadama people.”

He said it was not the entire Adun nation that is engaged in the fight with Inyima, but the Onyama people who have a boundary with Inyima.

“You remember in 2014 the two communities fought  over a piece of land and what is going on now borders on the  struggle for  the same,  just like the 2014 incident,” Mfam said.

Mr. John Eluu, the Cross River State Police Command spokesman, said Mr. Henry Fadairo, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police visited the warring communities,  Sunday, and addressed the people on the need to stop the fight, but was almost mobbed in the process.

“The Commissioner was in the place, yesterday (Sunday), to appeal to the warring communities to stop the fight…

 


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