Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state has confirmed there’s an ongoing bloody conflict between the Ukelle people of the state and the people of Izzi group in Ebonyi state.
The governor had instantly solicited the assistance of the Air Officer Commanding, Mobility Command of the Nigerian Air Force, Peter Uzezi who known as on him few hours in the past on the Government House in Calabar.
Ayade mentioned: “I received a text message that there is a full fledged war between Cross River and Ebonyi going on right now, around Izzi in Ebonyi and Ukelle, Cross River area. Lives are being lost; they are firing and killing, even as arson is taking place there right now.”
He appealed to the Chief of Air Staff, Air Vice Marshall Sadique Abubakar, to cultivate one helicopter within the state in an effort to give the wanted sensible air cowl alongside the risky communities.
He additionally disclosed that he has known as on the Commander of the 13 Brigade of the Nigerian Army to reply by deploying his males to cease the killings in each communities.
Ayade recalled that lately there was additionally a reported disaster between Osokpong group in Obubra, Cross River and its neighbours in Ebonyi state.
The governor mentioned the decision to the Army and NAF was crucial as it can verify the lingering disaster involving Cross River and its neighbouring states together with worldwide communities who share boundaries with the state.
He maintained that “the length of the state and its advantage of having two airports need to be considered as the factors will make the operations easy and useful.”
Responding, Uzezi assured that he’ll contact Air Force Headquarters to usher in surveillance airplane to fly and see what is going on on floor.
He promised the NAF management’s dedication to make sure that Cross River state, in addition to different states within the nation stay secured.