Nelson A.Osuala [21 November 2016]
Credible information reaching our news desk has it that no fewer than 3 promising youths have been reported dead over the weekend in a Bloodletting riot between 2 communities in Calabar.
NHB garnered that a communal clash ensued over the weekend between Ediba and Usumutong communities located in Abi LGA of Cross River State.
According to our Source, there seems to have been a Cold War existing between the two Communities over the years – which have left them as sworn enemies of each other.
The duel was as a result of a particular fertile piece of land which was in a strategic location.
This land therefore left the two communities at loggerheads as to who amongst the duo should lay claim of ownership to it.
As a result of the sharp contention, a bloodletting fight ensued between them.
According to a residence of one of the warring communities who begged anonymity,and alleged that on Sunday there was a gruesome attack of an Ediba youth, an motorcycle rider, by suspected rival youths from Usumutong, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, which as result opened up the Old wound and catalyzed the rampage.
He added that, although the okada rider was able to escape the attack with some degrees of injuries, he however lost his motorcycle to the attackers, who were armed with guns and machetes.
Failing to achieve a successful operation, they marched like wild bees into the Enusokwe and Enukwema rural areas, both in Ediba, where they allegedly murdered three youths and left them to drown in their own pool of blood.
Eye witness asserts,
“The situation was terrifying because we least expected this new attack.
“My brother, who is an okada rider, managed to escape the first attack with wounds, but lost his bike.
“Our area in Enusokwe, near water board quarters, appears to be the war theatre for now. So far, three persons have been killed and we have all fled from our home, including my father,” he said.
The13 brigade commander, Brigadier-General Bulama Biu decried about the incident.
In his words : “It’s unfortunate, but security agencies have intervened and we hope things would be stabilised.”
The Case has been brought before the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Jimoh Ozi-Obey who in turn confirmed the incidence and informed that investigations are ongoing; and that efforts are being made to restore normalcy and peace in the affected areas of the State.
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