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Two Killed In Renewed Ebonyi, Cross River Communal Conflict

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TOPSHOT - People run from a tear gas shot by Nigerian police officers during a mass looting of a warehouse that have COVID-19 food palliatives that were not given during lockdown to relieve people of hunger, in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 26, 2020. - Nigeria, with 200 million inhabitants, counts the highest number of extreme poverty in the world, with close to 90 million inhabitants who are at food risk. (Photo by Kola Sulaimon / AFP) (Photo by KOLA SULAIMON/AFP via Getty Images)

The community of Ukelle, Cross-River State, went into conflict with their neighbour, Izzi of Ebonyi State on Sunday. In the renewed conflict, two persons have been reportedly dead as a result of the clash.

An aide to the Cross River State Governor on anti-deforestation revealed the incident confirming that one person was shot on Sunday while the other on Monday. One of the deceased was a policeman while the other was a villager

Mr Emmanuel Asegem added that those that killed the policeman went away in  a Sienna car while the body of the other deceased was in​ca​pac​i​tated

“Mr Martins Phillip Ebi, a retired police ASP was shot on Sunday afternoon on his way back from Eja village where he went to supply drinks while Mr Joshua Eke, the son of the Ipollo community was shot on Monday evening”.

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“These killings have been done in clear violation of the peace accord but we refuse to be provoked into another long conflict as we still have faith in the peace process”.

A member of the house of assembly, Mrs Cythia Nkasi, felt bad of the crisis and advised the security agency to take charge of the situation with immediate effect.

” I feel bad and terrible about it but I call for calm let the security agencies handle the situation. The National Boundary Commission is here already so we are hopeful that the needful will be done to put an end to this crisis”.

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However, DSP Irene Ugbo, the Cross River Police Command spokesman, has assured the public that the security agencies have started taken steps towards dying down the crisis.

“There is a team of policemen and soldiers maintaining peace in the area and we have alerted them to checkmate further breach of the peace”.



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