Communal Clash Claims 3 In C/River

From Edem Edem, Calabar

A communal clash that erupted suddenly between Iyamitet and Adun communities in Obubra Local Government of Cross River State has left three persons dead and property worth thousands of Naira destroyed.

Trouble started when when a Pastor of Uzana Ministry and native of Iyamitet was allegedly killed alongside his wife when they were returning from missionary work and their corpse were found at the boundary between Iyamitet and Adun community.

Angered by the news of the death of the Pastor and his wife, Iyamitet people were said to have mobilized and teamed up with a neighboring community Iyamoyong, a rival of Adun, and together they mounted a road block at St. Brendan junction Iyamoyong at about 5pm. There they stopped and searched everyone that used that federal high way in the hope of finding anyone from Adun.

A source said that the warring party was heavily armed with guns, machetes and other dangerous items while conducting the stop and search. Alarmed by the danger posed by this development to his domain, the paramount ruler of the Iyamitet invited the Police.

Interestingly, at the time of filling this report, men of the Nigerian Army had taken control of the high way but they are reports of fighting inside the villages with one death reported in Adun.

A combined team of fighters from Iyamitet and Iyamoyong reportedly killed the deceased Adun man. As a result, schools, markets and public places have all remained closed, as a step to restoring peace to the area. Iyamitet and Adun have a history of incessant fighting over communal lands and boundary.

When contacted on phone, the Police Public Relations Officer, Irene Ugho confirmed the story. She explained that the state command of the Nigerian Police has already dispatched anti riot men to the area to restore peace.

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