50 persons dead, villages grounded over boundary dispute in Cross Rriver

The Odukpami Local Government in Cross River state has been condemned as residents clashed over boundary dispute.

The clash left about 50 persons dead and up to 10 communities grounded with the homeless and displaced people up to 3000.

Between June 13 and July 23, strikes and counterattacks have ravaged villages of Mbiabo Edere, Ediong, Obomitiat, Idim Ndon, Mkpanuruk, Etehentem, Ikot Otu, Ikot Efa, Ikot Iwatt, Ikot Offiong, Ekpene Eki, Obodio and Obionno in Mbibo Ebom and Eki wards of Odukpani local council.

When the Administrative Panel of Enquiry went to the affected villages on Tuesday, not a single person was left in the areas. Except for Udim Ndom where a young naked boy was sighted roaming about, there was no human being or animal in all the destroyed villages, showing the degree of destruction wrecked by the conflicts.

Many of the apartments were burnt or pulled down with some valuables like doors, roof zincs and windows carted away while the economic trees were cut down.

Chief Victor Effiom Ekpo, the chairman of the committee, who headed a committee on a fact-finding mission, rebuked the senseless waste of lives and property.

He said:

“The destruction is bizarre. The Primary Health Centre and schools have been burnt down, leaving over 1000 pupils out of school. Even the transformer was not spared.

“It is sad that brothers can go this far destroying lives and property. It is very sad and that is why the governor set up this committee for us to come and see things for ourselves and also sound a serious warning that today should be the end of fighting in Mbiabo Ebom Itiat ward and Eki council ward, else anyone caught will blame himself.”

 

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